Passion

Passion

DVD - 2013?
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At a Berlin ad agency, an outgoing American and her no-nonsense European colleague engage in an escalating personal and professional rivalry that quickly becomes a deadly power struggle.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2013?]
ISBN: 9781417239467
1417239468
Branch Call Number: DVD PAS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
video file, DVD video, rda
digital, optical, rda

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jrbenoit
Feb 07, 2016

Excellent acting. Lots of twists. One of my favourite shows!

PBateman12 Aug 18, 2015

Man I think De Palma is done. I haven't enjoyed any of his movies since Mission Impossible, and the last really great movie he made was Carlito's Way, which came out way back in 1993. Passion is more like a straight to dvd imitation of his classic 70's/early 80's thrillers.

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iwasthewalrus
Jun 22, 2015

Last night I wrote nearly 500 words condemning Brian De Palma’s Passion as pseudo-erotic and self-serious trash. But I gave it a re-read before publishing and realized I didn’t agree with myself. For whatever reason, the words I had written didn’t encapsulate my own opinion. I gave myself more time to process what I’d seen and came to terms with the fact that Passion is first and foremost a bad film. But in the style of Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls, it’s a trainwreck so deliciously misguided that you start to enjoy yourself, and wonder whether or not De Palma is actually making a comedy.

Passion follows the relationship between the head of an advertising agency (McAdams) and her protégé (Rapace). As tensions rise, they enter a dangerous game of manipulation which gradually leads to murder.

The first half hour is disappointingly tepid and methodical. Nothing exceptional happens expect how it builds the relationship between its two leads. They begin on affable grounds, with mutual feelings of respect. The opening shot features the two women seated on a couch in hysterical laughter. McAdams is clad head to toe in white and her hair is blond. Rapace wears black clothes to match her dark hair. Needless to say, profound visual symbolism was never De Palma’s strong suit.

Then after the first third everything starts to blow out of proportion. An ordinary scene erupts into cheap melodrama for no rhyme or reason. McAdams’ characters suddenly jumps into a monologue about her twin sister, a passage that’s clumsily connected with the rest of the scene and only exists for the sake of foreshadowing. These types of directorial and screenwriting faux pas are heavily embedded throughout Passion. There’s another uproarious moment where a distraught McAdams screams into her telephone, “How about you call me… NEVER!” and then slams it down. The abruptly theatrical outburst is what gives the movie its colour, and De Palma does a masterful job of steering his actors into delivering the worst possible performances. McAdam’s work is ostentatious, characterized by dramatic outbreaks to capture our attention. It’s no wonder De Palma was influenced to cast her after seeing her role as Regina George in Mean Girls. Rapace, on the other hand, is generally quiet. She stands back with the expression of a worried and whimpering puppy. The similarity between the two polar opposite performance is that neither of the actresses are able to sell their characters. They both come across as embarrassing and awkward, like De Palma purposefully directed his two talented leading ladies into misguided and laughable interpretations.

The last forty minutes are something else. It completes the cycle from unremarkable corporate drama to something completely different. You know those cheap, sexploitational, Hitchcock-knockoff, 70’s/80's thrillers that are screened in a total of two theaters? Something compelled De Palma to make another one, except thirty years after they were already out-dated. I can’t begin to express how bizarre a final act Passion has. From the repeated use of dream sequences within dream sequences that aren’t actually dream sequences to instances of Hitchcockian tropes (De Palma was an expert in stealing from The Master of Suspense), it becomes so confusing and disastrous one can’t help but watch. The ending descends into a montage of hallucinations(?) orchestrated with musical crescendos that directly recall Bernard Herrmann’s scores for Hitchcock films. The sound is invigorating and the photography is sinister, but the second the movie ended I dashed over to Wikipedia to read the plot synopsis. Was there supposed to be a literal translation of what had just happened? De Palma releases his utmost pretension as he colours his denouement in ambiguity for the sake of seeming sophisticated.

Passion is a great bad movie. I can’t apologize for it, so I might as well make the best of the situation and enjoy it for being charmingly abysmal.

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voisjoe1_0
Nov 15, 2014

Director Brian DePalma is noted for his lurid crime dramas like Sisters, Dressed to Kill, Body Double, and Blow Out. This recent film, Passion, is somewhat similar to those films that all included lurid killings of women. Passion, mostly direct to DVD (it only showed in a theatres for a short period of time), is very good in the second half. You can hear the music that reminds one of many Hitchcock films. Passion is a remake of the French, thriller, Love Crime. The interaction between the two women in the first half seems somewhat corny (or poor acting?). If the whole film were as good as the second half, I would have rated this film a little higher. This version makes me want to view the original to see if was any better.

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docjnsuss
Aug 07, 2014

Passion definitely has the feel of a Brian De Palma movie. Unfortunately compared to Brian De Palma's great earlier movies the storyline was not very good and the ending was confusing to say the least.

luvlit71 Jul 22, 2014

One of the worst Rachel McAdams films I have ever seen! Rapace was an overacting zombie! Poor scripted lines and boorish movie. Better off watching re-runs of Elvira.

aaa5756 May 13, 2014

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. Very predictable but still entertaining.

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jimg2000
Feb 16, 2014

The German and French producers failed miserably to remake the film "Love crime (DVD - 2011 French )" in Hollywood style, despite of having a decent script and good actresses. As in the original, it was about extreme corporate back stabbing inside a hip advertising firm. However, if you overlooked the shortcomings, it was entertaining.

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Marzek
Feb 06, 2014

Time spent watching this is better spent elsewhere. It's like De Palma hired a 2nd year film student to make a De Palma film. Rapace and McAdams have acted well in other films; flat to comic book-like here. This is the sort of "erotic thriller" that HBO would air after midnight in the 1980s - and computers and cell phones aside, it looks like it. The only thing I was in suspense for was the words, "The End."

kurasawa1 Jan 21, 2014

Not a good movie but big budget glossy. It seems like an experiment I hope leading to better films. De Palma imitating himself. Some good use of split screen - filmmakers are doing better with this new resource.

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