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Passion

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France, Germany
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2012

Rated R · 1h 40m

Director Brian De Palma
Starring Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams, Karoline Herfurth, Paul Anderson
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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Christine, an American executive at a Berlin advertising agency, starts an escalating conflict with her protégée Isabelle, who she betrays and sabotages but also shows romantic interest in. Their fight begins as a clash over credit for ideas, but grows into a violent and destructive feud.

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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by

Where Corneau flirted with erotic tension, De Palma flaunts it. Where Corneau went for nightmarish reality, De Palma does noirish dreams.
75

Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

Passion is 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.
75

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Passion simultaneously parodies its plot while elevating it to a strangely involving exercise in cinematic drama. The filmmaker has either lost control of the material or maintains the same calculation of his protagonists. But the entertainment value associated with that uncertainty is the essence of his career.
50

Variety by Justin Chang

Clearly, Passion means to be a hoot, a wet-dream thriller for cinephiles. But by the time it reaches its overwrought final act, the picture has generated neither the tension of its forebears nor the audacity that would allow it to transcend its silliness.
40

The Hollywood Reporter by Neil Young

The impression is that De Palma is indulging himself with homages to his own Hitchcockian greatest hits, with results that veer close to self-parody on occasion and emphasize just how far this once-outstanding director's creative star has plummeted.
70

The Dissolve by Noel Murray

The movie is one long game of misdirection, playing tricks on viewers from scene to scene, and showing how easy it is to steer a crowd into missing something important. That’s the real De Palma touch, even more than the operatic overtones and excess.

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