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Rachel McAdams is totally trying to get into Noomi Rapace’s business skirt in this first teaser trailer for Brian De Palma’s “Passion”, which happens to be a remake of the 2010 French film “Love Crime” starring Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott Thomas as the dueling lasses. I gotta admit, I’ve always thought of McAdams as more cute than sexy, but yeah, this movie might change my mind. And apparently there’s more than just two ladies flirting going on. Murderous shenanigans, it appears, is afoot as well…
The film centres around two women: Christine (Rachel 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. Christine has a silky smooth charm, but underneath her veneer of control hides a tangle of kinky sexual needs. Isabel, smart and creative despite her hesitance, 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.
Starring Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth, and Paul Anderson, “Passion” is making its world premeire at TIFF next month, but no word on a Stateside release date yet.