Dir. Brian De Palma, USA, 2013, 105 min., R, DCP Official Website
Based on Alain Corneau’s final film, LOVE CRIME, De Palma’s PASSION tells the enthralling story of a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business. Somewhere in the middle, De Palma takes the film way over the top, never to return. Giddily, we follow along as the rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency (Rachel McAdams) and her talented protégée (Noomi Repace) escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.
4 Stars! “Brian De Palma is one of the great seducers of the cinema, and he proves it with PASSION, a spellbinding thriller.” —Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com
“A serpentine, gorgeously orchestrated gathering of all of De Palma's pet themes and conceits, a symphony of giddy terror where people perpetually hide behind masks, both literal and figurative, hallucinations are nested in dreams, and images within images become tools of aggression, all set to a remarkable Pino Donaggio score that's one part Max Steiner, two parts Bernard Herrmann, and at least three parts Phil Collins.” —Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine