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Thursday, September 20, 2012

PASSION

By D.E.Levine

A NNYF50 SELECTION

Although it's a remake of a 2010 French thriller, Director Brian De Palma has added his own touch to make this twisty thriller.

Starring Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams, this thriller deals with professional and romantic jealousies at a Berlin ad-agency.

McAdams plays Christine, an icy blonde villainess who as an ad agency boss is frenemies with Isabelle, her very ambitious creative director. Christine soon starts taking credit for Isabelle's work in order to promote her own career.  Other players include Dani (Karoline Herfurth) who yearns for Isabelle, and Dirk (Paul Anderson), Christine's boyfriend and Isabelle's lover.

Although initially Isabelle lets Christine get away with stealing her thunder, eventually, at Dani's urging, she turns the tables.  While billed as an erotic thriller, overall the film isn't actually that erotic.  There are, however,  surprises throughout and a real twist at the end.

It's a good film and typical De Palma.  Although some say that his style is dated, Passion provides good entertainment and De Palma's devoted following is glad to see this latest endeavor..