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Brian De Palma returns to the pyschosexual thriller.
The Toronto International Film Festival has dropped a highly anticipated look at Brian De Palma's latest, PASSION. A remake of Alan Comeau's LOVE CRIME, the film "centers 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. When Christine claims credit for a daring marketing campaign that was entirely Isabel’s idea, the gloves start to come off in subtle ways. Isabel is initially disarmed by her boss’ candour: as Christine explains it, stealing her idea was simply business. But things change when Christine humiliates Isabel in public. With the plot set in motion, De Palma uncorks all the stops and, with wild abandon, launches into a labyrinthine revenge story."
PASSION's trailer hits De Palma's expected and beloved visual and thematic flourishes; highly stylized and plenty illicit. Even if the film is nothing more than slight pulp, De Palma's been missed, and I can't wait to see what he's got for us.
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