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New Photos: Brian De Palma's 'Passion' & Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
August 14, 2012 12:08 PM
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Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams, Passion

The last major additions to this year's Toronto International Film Festival have been unveiled, and unsurprisingly, along with the new world premieres, there's several films from the Venice line-up, which kicks off the week before. Along with the already announced "The Master" and "To The Wonder," Torontoites will also get to see Brian DePalma's "Passion" and Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," both of which are set to bow on the Lido the week before.

And to accompany the announcement, TIFF have unveiled new images from both movies. DePalma's film, a remake of French thriller "Love Crime," stars Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" villain Paul Anderson, while Korine's stars Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and a dreadlocked, gold-toothed James Franco. We'll be bringing you reviews of both when they bow in the festival season, but in the meantime you can check out the new images, and synopses, below.

Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus) star in this fiendishly clever erotic thriller from master of suspense Brian De Palma. Passion is a remake of Alain Corneau’s elegant thriller Crime d’amour, which we presented at our Festival in 2010. De Palma follows the structure of the original while making it entirely his own. The film centres around two women: Christine (Rachel McAdams), an elegant, ice-cool blonde career woman who holds a senior position with a high-powered advertising agency; and her assistant Isabel (Noomi Rapace), a shy and reticent brunette. Christine has a silky smooth charm, but underneath her veneer of control hides a tangle of kinky sexual needs. Isabel, smart and creative despite her hesitance, harbours a growing ambition.

Noomi Rapace, Passion

James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens star in the wild new film from perennial provocateur Harmony Korine (Trash Humpers), about four flat-broke co-eds whose spring fling in Florida turns into a booze, drug and violence-fuelled bacchanal. Spring Breakers is Korine’s first film since Mister Lonely to feature professional actors. He challenges his impressive young cast in unexpected ways, with long, seemingly improvised takes and a demand for shifting tones of sweetness and menace.

The film lands on the more narratively linear end of Korine’s career and has moments that recall each of his previous films, especially the virtuosic tableaux of Gummo and the agonizing desperation of Mister Lonely. But Spring Breakers also brings a few new tricks to the table, including remarkable shifts in mood and a breathtaking cinematographic confidence; there are signature moments of montage in this film that will influence generations to come.

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10 Comments

  • Zac | August 17, 2012 8:28 AMReply

    As Lisbeth Salander, Noomi Rapce made the greatest acting performance I have ever seen. She was everything (Mara was nothing in compare with Noomi. She was not interesting at all). Noomi made everything she could in Sherlock and Prometheus (her first English speaking roles). She is fantastic actress and personality. You must be totally stupid not to understand this.

  • Dreaded Locks | August 14, 2012 5:06 PMReply

    Those are cornrows, or braids, not dreadlocks that Franco is sporting in those shots.

    /completely useless comment #10203056958

  • Riff Raff James Franco Riff Raff James Franco | August 14, 2012 2:33 PMReply

    I'm ssssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooo looking forward to Spring Breakers it's unreal. James Franco looks amazing and I'm sure everyone will deliver.

  • Peter | August 14, 2012 1:36 PMReply

    What? She was AWESOME in Millenium Trilogy (Rooney who?), great in Prometheus and she has nothing to do in Sherlock Holmes 2.

    Very good actress.

  • rodie | August 14, 2012 1:06 PMReply

    The mysterious success of Noomi Repace continues. How awful was she in Sherlock and Prometheus? She was good in the original Dragon Tattoo, but then Mara was better. Maybe she's got something in her we haven't seen yet, but I'm not that impressed. Maybe she should be more of a side character actress and not in these lead roles?

  • d | August 15, 2012 3:03 PM

    FTR I liked both Rapace and Mara. Different performances, different movies.

  • Lidia | August 15, 2012 2:48 PM

    Noomi Rapace is THE best actress of her generation. Even better than Natalie Portman, who is a close second.

  • Alan | August 15, 2012 4:30 AM

    Can't wait to see the 'Game of Shadows' team of Anderson and Rapace bring their unique brand of boring to this new film. Yay!

  • Rosie | August 14, 2012 10:43 PM

    You think Rooney was better?? WOW your credibility just dropped

  • Lemon | August 14, 2012 10:42 PM

    Idiotic comment.
    Noomi was AMAZING in Prometheus
    just a background character in Sherlock, but did good with what she was given.

    So don't act like you know anything when you lack all taste.

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