(Written for HeyUGuys)
Rachel McAdams (The Vow) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) feature in the five new images for Brian De Palma’s erotic thriller, Passion, which have been released this week on Toronto International Film Festival’s official website as the film was added to their Galas and Special Presentations line-up.
A remake of Alain Corneau’s Crime d’amour, which was presented at the TIFF in 2010, the film centres around two women: Christine (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 who 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.
As Isabel schemes, Christine parries her thrusts with calculated bravura. De Palma relishes these kinds of baroque plots; here he lets rip with a series of set pieces in the style for which he is famous. McAdams and Rapace revel in the expanse De Palma always allows his actors, while the story twists and turns in unexpectedly. Scratch below the surface: passions rage.
The combination of the lead duo for this is exciting enough, but the new images show us that there’s even more to look forward to (and by that I mean the look of a powerful thriller as well as the kissing).
Also starring Karoline Herfurth and Paul Anderson, the schedule for TIFF will be announced next week on 21st August, but until then we don’t know any release dates for the film.