Watch: Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace Get Kinky & Creepy In Trailer For Brian De Palma's 'Passion'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 23, 2012 11:34 AM
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"Passion"
Depending on which side of the fence you're on, Brian De Palma hasn't made a good movie since the '90s, or he hasn't lost his touch. For everyone who dislikes a certain film, particularly recent pictures like "Femme Fatale" or "The Black Dahlia," there are just as many ready to find the merit and pleasures in the work. And judging by the first trailer for "Passion," that will probably be the case here.

Starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, the film is a loose remake of Alain Corneau's 2010 flick “Love Crime,” which starred Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott-Thomas, and tells the story two women involved in a sexy and dangerous power struggle while working at a multinational conglomerate. And for this writer, the film looks to be pretty high camp in this brief new trailer, a situation not aided by what appears to be a low budget and some pretty gaudy digital photography. But we will say this: the nod to "On The Waterfront" with the taxi cab scene is pretty sweet. But overall, it seems primed for late-night viewing on Cinemax.

"Passion" will premiere in Venice and hit Toronto shortly thereafter -- no distributor on board yet. Watch below. [Vlicioius!]

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15 Comments

  • LA2000 | August 25, 2012 5:10 AMReply

    DePalma has never been known for understatement, particularly when it comes to sex or visuals. For him, more =more, and there is NEVER enough more.

    Based on the trailer, the film would appear to lack a the sophisticated execution necessary to keep this from falling into camp territory.

  • Jesse | August 24, 2012 8:00 AMReply

    Again, female bisexuality... why do every thrillers featuring women in lead roles have to include female bisexuality ? Basic Instinct, Black Swan, now this... Memo to Hollywood : this is 2012, patriarchy is over, now men can also experiment sexually and not be constrained to being straight or gay. So put some male bisexuality in there because frankly the ration of female/male bisexuality in films is ridiculous.

  • Leonardo | August 23, 2012 6:39 PMReply

    Looks pretty good, don't know why are you saying that it looks gaudy, the photography looks greats.

  • Pat | August 23, 2012 3:32 PMReply

    I'm intrigued. I saw Love Crime at TIFF 2010 and had very mixed thoughts. It had a lot of potential, so this is one remake I'm interested to see. I don't know how I feel about the casting of Rachel McAdams (Kristin Scott Thomas was great in the original), but Noomi Rapace seems like a good fit. Will be adding this to my TIFF12 schedule!

  • Cinematic_high | August 23, 2012 3:17 PMReply

    Never in my life has a 1 minute trailer upset me so.....only because I want more! But leave it to DePalma to not reveal shit till you see it....so I'll be there whenever they unleash this film to the world (outside of film festivals).....

  • dan | August 23, 2012 2:22 PMReply

    This looks great, and very, very De Palma. The photography looks great to me.

  • hopper | August 23, 2012 1:57 PMReply

    WHY COULDNT DE PALMA SHOOT THIS ON FILM?

  • Richard Schitz | August 23, 2012 1:23 PMReply

    To this reader, this author seems like an idiot for judging a movie based on a 1 minute trailer...

  • Tom | August 23, 2012 1:14 PMReply

    I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody!

  • B | August 23, 2012 12:38 PMReply

    Have to agree I don't see what looks "gaudy" or cinemaxy about this. It was shot by Jose Luis Alcaine, who's worked with Almodovar for years and Victor Erice.

  • mary | August 23, 2012 12:36 PMReply

    "Passion" will have its US premiere in New York Film Festival 2012.
    http://www.indiewire.com/article/the-complete-lineup-baumbach-de-palma-haneke-lee-and-ruiz-to-help-new-york-film-festival-turn-50

  • Huh? | August 23, 2012 12:14 PMReply

    Gaudy digital photography? Looks exquisite to me. Hopefully you're not referring to the TIFF opener which is NOT a part of the film itself.

  • Eoin Daly | August 23, 2012 11:52 AMReply

    McAdams looks very intence and finally is doing great dramatic work and I think she will upstage Naomi only because this girl really brings down a films quality for me.

  • Alan | August 23, 2012 9:47 PM

    No, it's not impossible to upstage Rapace: you just have to have a smidgen of personality, something that she lacks. Note: brooding is not interesting in and of itself, and - when she tries to branch out with something like 'Prometheus' - God help us all.

  • sf | August 23, 2012 6:02 PM

    no
    it is impossible to upstage Noomi

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