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Passion (2012/2013)

Opened: 08/30/2013 Limited

IFC Center08/30/2013 - 09/26/201328 days
Playhouse 708/30/2013 - 09/05/20137 days
Lincoln Ctr/NY09/06/2013 - 09/12/20137 days

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Genre: German/French Erotic Thriller

Rated: R for sexual content, language and some violence.

No Backstabbing. Just business.

A young businesswoman plots a murderous revenge after her boss and mentor steals her idea.


Brian De Palma returns to the sleek, sly, seductive territory of Dressed To Kill with an erotic corporate thriller fueled by sex, ambition, image, envy and the dark, murderous side of PASSION. The film stars Rachel McAdams (Midnight In Paris, Sherlock Holmes, Mean Girls) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) as two rising female executives in a multinational corporation whose fierce competition to rise up the ranks is about to turn literally cut-throat.

As the maze-like story begins, Christine (McAdams) -- a gorgeous, powerful executive at an international ad agency in Berlin -- is searching for a killer idea to impress her bosses, helped by her clever but naive protege Isabelle (Rapace). Isabelle admires Christine's polish and devotion to her work and Christine feeds on Isabelle's admiration. But when Isabelle comes up with a brilliant viral marketing idea that wows the client, it is Christine who gleefully takes the credit.

Thus begins what starts out as typical office back-stabbing -- or "just business," as Christine explains it -- yet soon turns into something ferocious and primal. As Christine and Isabelle jockey for power, a cat-and-mouse game of scheming -- professional, sexual and ultimately homicidal -- erupts between the two women. But as they become more and more entangled in each other's ambitions, desires and dreams, who will be the greater manipulator, and who will have the final revenge?

With his trademark mix of wit, melodrama and lush cinematic style, De Palma peels back the layers of a spiraling murder mystery that is as full of jet-black humor and villainous fun as it with doubts and suspense. For deep beneath the icy, cool veneer of modern life and work, De Palma playfully exposes a realm where the wildest passions rage.

Entertainment One presents a Said Ben Said presentation of a co-production between SBS Productions, Integral Film and France 2 Cinema with the participation of Canal Plus, French Televisions, Cine Plus, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Deutscher Filmforderfunds and Wild Bunch of a Brian De Palma film, Passion. The film stars Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth and Paul Anderson. The screenplay is written by De Palma with additional dialogue by Nathalie Carter based on the French film "Crime D'Amour." The producer is Said Ben Said and the co-producer is Alfred Hurmer. The international behind-the-scenes team includes cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine (The Skin I Live In, Volver), production designer Cornelia Ott (Unknown, The Ghost Writer, Black Book), costume designer Karen Muller Surreau (Amour), editor Francois Gedigier (On The Road) and composer Pino Donaggio, whose earlier collaboration with De Palma include the horror classic Carrie and Dressed To Kill.