Passion 2012 ***

Unceremoniously dumped by distributors, Brian de Palma’s remake of Alain Corneau’s Love Crime is a patchy affair, but although the initial outline of corporate rivalry between Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams is curiously un-engaging, De Palma has the tricks and the experience to conjure up some striking sequences. Against a high-fashion background, Isabelle (Rapace) and Christine (McAdams) have a back-stabbing competition for men and business, leading to gory murders and a power-struggle artfully conceived visually by De Palma, who uses his favoured split-screen to deliver an operatic murder is the vintage giallo style. While not from De Palma’s top drawer, passion is a curious and original thriller; the text may not be too hot, but the subtext is complex and elegant enough to repay patient viewers.


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