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Passion -- 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.
Passion -- The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protegee escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.
Passion -- A savvy young businesswoman plots murderous revenge after her boss and mentor steals her idea.


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  (in credits order)

Rachel McAdams ... Christine Stanford

Noomi Rapace ... Isabelle James

Karoline Herfurth ... Dani

Paul Anderson ... Dirk Harriman

Dominic Raacke ... J.J. Koch

Rainer Bock ... Inspector Bach

Benjamin Sadler ... Prosecutor
Michael Rotschopf ... Attorney Isabelle
Max Urlacher ... Rolf
Jörg Pintsch ... Mark

Trystan Pütter ... Eric
Patrick Heyn ... Manager
Carlo Castro ... Fashion Show Choreographer

Melissa Holroyd ... Beate

Ian T. Dickinson ... Detective (as Ian Dickinson)
Gernot Alwin Kunert ... Lab Technician (as Gernot Kunert)
Katrin Pollitt ... Guard

Frank Witter ... Usher
Polina Semionova ... Dancer
Ibrahim Öykü Önal ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peer Martiny ... Maitre D' (uncredited)

Gizem Mut ... Runway Model (uncredited)
Leila Rozario ... Woman in Elevator (uncredited)
Alexander Yassin ... Concierge (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian De Palma 
Writing credits
Brian De Palma (written by)

Natalie Carter (film "Crime d'amour") &
Alain Corneau (film "Crime d'amour")

Natalie Carter (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Sylvie Barthet .... line producer
Saïd Ben Saïd .... producer
Sarah Borch-Jacobsen .... assistant producer: SBS Productions
Kevin Chneiweiss .... assistant producer: SBS Productions
Alfred Hürmer .... co-producer
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
Cinematography by
José Luis Alcaine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
François Gédigier  (as François Gedigier)
Casting by
Anja Dihrberg 
Production Design by
Cornelia Ott 
Art Direction by
Astrid Poeschke (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Ute Bergk 
Costume Design by
Karen Muller Serreau  (as Karen Muller-Serreau)
Makeup Department
Tamar Aviv .... special makeup effects artist: 'masks, " Twilight Creations
Parul Banerjee .... additional makeup artist
Morgane Bernhard .... key hair stylist
Anna Sophie Evenkamp .... additional makeup artist (as Anna Evenkamp)
Aline Hafezi .... special effects makeup laboratory technician: special props
Göran Lundström .... special makeup effects artist: 'masks, " Twilight Creations
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Björn Rehbein .... key makeup artist
Emilia Seifert .... hair stylist
Emilia Seifert .... makeup artist
Jörn Seifert .... special makeup effects artist: 'masks, " Twilight Creations
Katharine Rebecca Thieme .... additional makeup artist
Virginie Thomann .... makeup trainee
Stephanie Wolf .... additional makeup artist
Dana Kalder .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Didier de Keyser .... production manager: Digital Film Lab (as Didier Dekeyser)
François Dupuy .... technical manager: Digital Film Lab
Miki Emmrich .... production manager
Cendrine Gady .... post-production supervisor: Digital Film Lab
Abraham Goldblat .... post-production supervisor: I Mediate Post-Productions
Tina Lin .... operations supervisor: Digital Film Lab
Tommaso Vergallo .... digital cinema manager: Digital Fiulm Lab
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tobias Asam .... third assistant director
Kilian Bold .... assistant director production assistant (as Kilian Hebold)
Tanja Däberitz .... second assistant director
Sebastian Fahr-Brix .... first assistant director
Lena Graf .... assistant director production assistant
Stanislaw Grünstein .... additional assistant director
Janina Huettenrauch .... additional assistant director (as Janina Hüttenrauch)
Philipp Kramer .... additional assistant director
Maria Mehnert .... trainee assistant director
Annika Sell .... key assistant director production assistant
Art Department
Roman Berger .... standby carpenter
Henning Brehm .... graphic designer
Andre Brüggemann .... carpenter: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Ludolf Böhm .... set dresser
Dirk Drelse .... carpenter: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Jan Dunkel .... set dresser
Michael Düwel .... art department manager: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Carolin Görner .... assistant standby prop
Severino Gürtler .... cnc operator: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Wolfgang Hein .... set dresser
Patrick Herzberg .... assistant art director
Patrick Herzberg .... stand-by art director
Björn Holzhausen .... assistant property master
Ulli Isfort .... set decoration buyer (as Uli Isfort)
Axel Kahnt .... property master
Marc Kargermann .... plasterer: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH (as Marc Kagermann)
Sonja Kirch .... art department coordinator
Rolf Knaebel .... carpenter: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Robert Krüger .... hod painter: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Carolin Langenbahn .... assistant set decorator
Michael Lehmann .... metal worker: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Jens Leiche .... hod metal worker: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Mario Lojek .... hod carpenter: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Nadin Meyer .... buyer: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Denny Neisener .... carpenter: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Petra Pieper .... set dresser
Marco Pressler .... construction manager: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Christian Schlaak .... carpenter: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Torsten Schwartz .... plasterer: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH (as Torsten Schwarz)
Till Sennhenn .... stand-by prop
Jan Tamme .... metal worker: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Joey Weber .... additional set decoration buyer
Berndt Wenzel .... hod plasterer - sculptor: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH (as Bernd Wenzel)
Dirk Winkler .... painter: Art Department Studio Babelsberg GmbH
Liliana Lambriev .... additional graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Serge Arthus .... sound department manager: Red Mountain
Hortense Bailly .... assistant dialogue editor: sound
Mélanie Blouin .... sound recording assistant
Katia Boutin .... dialogue editor
Nicolas Cantin .... sound engineer
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Pierre Collodin .... first sound assistant
Jean Goudier .... sound editor
Jean-Paul Hurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernhard Joest .... sound: making of
Ron Klober .... second sound assistant
Michel Monier .... dolby consultant
Gréggory Poncelet .... sound technical supervisor: Red Mountain
Marco Streccioni .... sound engineer
Franck Tassel .... foley artist assistant
Matthieu Tertois .... sound recordist: Red Mountain
Niels Barletta .... sound mastering engineer (uncredited)
Damien Lazzerini .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Till Hertrich .... lead senior special effects technician: Nefzers Babelsberg GmbH
Michael Rudnik .... senior special effects technician: Nefzers Babelsberg GmbH
Visual Effects by
Stéphane Bonnet .... digital artist: Def2shoot
Estelle Chesneau .... digital artist: Def2shoot
Olivier Debert .... digital artist: Def2shoot
Emmanuel Denis .... digital artist: Def2shoot
Thierry Flament .... digital artist: Def2shoot
Fabien Guiliani .... 3d supervisor: Def2shoot (as Fabien Guliani)
Laurie Kotfila .... in and out: Def2shoot
Marc Latil .... digital artist: Def2shoot
Thibault Martegani .... digital artist: Def2shoot
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects designer: Def2shoot
Sarah Moreau .... visual effects producer: Def2shoot
Fred Roz .... titles: Def2shoot
Mikael Tanguy .... visual effects supervisor: Def2shoot
Olivier Veau .... digital artist: Def2shoot
Jeremy Guetta .... scanner operator (uncredited)
Micha Bornhütter .... stunt double
Volkhart Buff .... stunt coordinator
Wanja Götz .... stunt double
Miriam Höller .... stunt double
Daniela Stein .... stunt double (as Dani Stein)
Janine Theisen .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Juan José Alcaide .... electrician
Christian Almesberger .... first assistant camera
Ute Baron .... camera & grip & lighting equipment: Arri Rental Berlin GmbH
Thomas Beckmann .... camera: making of, Pieshotfilm
Christian Brubach .... rigging electrician
Guy Ferrandis .... still photographer
Harald Geltl .... balloon operator
Harry Groepler .... electrical collator (as Harry 'Abu' Groepler)
Oliver Haas .... best boy
Dietmar Haupt .... rigging gaffer
Thomas Hübener .... crane operator
Daniel Jopp .... electrician
Carsten Klockow .... rigging electrician
Glenn König .... key grip
Philipp Lange .... junior electrician
Sebastian Mayer .... additional grip
Roland Moses .... rigging electrician (as Roland Modes)
Gero Neumann .... second assistant camera
Kenneth Pearson .... additional grip
Marcus Pohlus .... camera operator
Marcus Pohlus .... steadicam operator
Helmut Prein .... gaffer
Philipp Rath .... dolly grip
Christian Saalfeld .... balloon operator
Christiane Schmidt .... second camera: making of, Pieshotfilm
Axel Scholz .... electrician
Clemens Szelies .... video operator
Christian Wehrle .... dit
Uwe Zegnotat .... loader
Christian Almesberger .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Johanna Ragwitz .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Theresa Anna Luther .... wardrobe (as Theresa-Anna Luther)
Nathalie Neusüß .... additional wardrobe
Emmanuelle Pertus .... assistant costume designer: France
Barbara Schramm .... assistant costume designer
Lisa Spengler .... wardrobe assistant
Katja Willecke .... wardrobe
Jana Witte .... costume buyer
Editorial Department
Serge Anthony .... colorist: Digital Film Lab
Ana Antunes .... post-production coordinator
Denis Auboyer .... chief executive officer: Digital Film Lab
Jérôme Auger .... digital operator: Digital Film Lab
Caíque de Souza .... digital operator: Digital Film Lab
Valentin Durning .... additional editorial assistant
Olivier Duval Laberge .... general manager: Digital Film Lab (as Olivier Duval)
Géraldine Gues .... dailies coordinator: Digital; Film Lab
Anne-Sophie Henry-Cavillon .... post-production coordinator
Madonie Heudron .... colorist: dailies, Digital Film Lab
Lizzy Knauer .... dispo: ARRI Film & TV Services Berlin
Hussam Korkut .... digital operator: Digital Film Lab
Morgane Le Galle .... post-production coordinator
Mathieu Liron .... digital operator: Digital Film Lab
Arnaud Muller .... digital operator: Digital Film Lab
Elsa Perrin .... digital operator: Digital Film Lab
Mandy Rahn .... laboratory branch manager: ARRI Film & TV Services Berlin
Andreas Reuber .... in-house producer: ARRI Film & TV Services Berlin
Anita Roth .... first assistant editor
Audrey Samson .... digital operator: Digital Film Lab
Frank Schönfelder .... editor: making of, Pieshotfilm
Thomas Tertois .... digital operator: Digital Film Lab
Laurence Vasseur .... assistant: Digital Film Lab
Charles Fréville .... additional colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Andrea Bandel .... music assistance
Gabriele Conti .... assistant music engineer
Gabriele Conti .... music recording and mixing assistant
Pino Donaggio .... orchestrator
Elise Luguern .... music supervisor: Explosante Fixe
Natale Massara .... conductor: Czech National Symphony
Natale Massara .... orchestrator
Gianluca Podio .... musician: piano soloist
Coline Roubineau .... music supervision assistant: Explosante Fixe
Paolo Steffan .... additional music mixer
Paolo Steffan .... additional music recordist
Paolo Steffan .... orchestrator
Paolo Steffan .... programmer: keyboards
Marco Streccioni .... music recorded & mixed by
Czach National Symphony .... musicians
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Florian Haeger .... car captain
Wolfgang Hütter .... driver: cast, Isabelle (as Wolfgang Huetter)
Martin Kuschan .... transportation management: Vorspung UG
Jan Luo .... driver: cast, Christine
Timo Nonnenbroich .... driver: props
Marko Otta .... driver (as Marko 'Otti' Otta)
Carsten Uhlig .... driver: daily
Miklas Wittmann .... driver: Brian De Palma
Martin Kuschan .... transportation consultant (uncredited)
Other crew
Joel Behr .... legal advisor: Behr & Abramson
Milena Bomalick .... production secretary
Matthias Braun .... location scout
Franziska Breite .... stand-in: Dani
Farida Chamailova .... stand-in: Isabelle
Simon Daniel .... assistant location manager
Pierre Dechavanne .... film stock: Kodak GmbH
Cindy English .... legal advisor: Behr & Abramson
Christina Epping .... catering: Star's Dinner Express
Matthias Fehrenbach .... catering: Star's Dinner Express
Sylke Ferber .... assistant production coordinator
Jean-Patrick Flande .... product placement: Film Media Consultant (as Jean Patrick Flandé)
Maria Georgi .... stand-in: Christine
Jürgen Gramann .... production office facilities: Flatliners GmbH
Klaus Große Darrelmann .... location manager
Michael Guthke .... studio facilities: Studio babelsberg AG
Frédéric Guy .... legal advisor: Intervista
Vera Maria Jung .... assistant production secretary
Eva Kemme .... production coordinator
Bernard Lamy .... accountant supervisor
Thomas Lauterkorn .... location scout
Jennifer Levy .... legal advisor: Behr & Abramson
Jessica Marlow .... legal advisor: Behr & Abramson
Delphine Martin .... legal advisor: Rechtsanwalt Jürgen Behnke
Elena Meyer .... craft service
Paul Meyer-Gerlt .... accountant: Germany
Emmanuelle Mullon-Feraud .... legal: SBS Productions
Marko Müller .... production office facilities
Kevin Nerlich .... location production assistant
Clara Payan .... legal clearance assistant
Lorenz Pilz .... stand-in: Dirk
Bastian Rabe .... assistant location manager
Myriam Rak .... legal clearance supervisor: IMP Clearance Solutions
Steve Sauthoff .... set manager
Werner Schütz .... safety manager
Eloide Soulié .... legal clearance assistant
Caroline Veyssière .... script continuity
Marc-Emmanuel Vuaillat .... legal advisor: Intervista
Dagmar Wagner .... making of: director and interviewer, Pieshotfilm
Bashaar Wahab .... location scout
Joe Wiesenburger .... set medic: Ambulanz Dienst GmbH
Julia Wilson Dickson .... dialogue coach (as Julia Wilson-Dickson)
Felix Witte .... location production assistant
Elisabeth Wittersheim .... accountant: SBS Productions
Alexander Wunderling .... facilities: On the move GmbH
Christian Wöltche .... assistant accountant
Martin Zillger .... location scout
Gero Brugmann .... legal services: production financing (uncredited)

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Rated R for sexual content, language and some violence
102 min
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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A problematic entertainment, but manageable, 14 August 2013
Author: Rodrigo Amaro ( from São Paulo, Brazil

What was that, anyway? An exhilarating suspense carried with style but lacking in content or an intriguing whodunit that seems to live and breathe with sensuality but it's just a giant tease to cause some stir in the audience? De Palma's awaited return "Passion" has him returning to his days of "Dressed to Kill" and "Sisters" with a touch of "Basic Instinct" (this one directed by Paul Verhoeven) but failing in all accounts to look like any of those. Not only the man is out of ideas by remaking this (the original is a French film), he's also completely lost and confuse and the latter spread fast among us viewers so accustomed to see him completely in charge of what's he doing, always referencing the master of suspense and trying some innovations.

It doesn't go all the way down. There's admirable qualities in the story that involves jealousy, possession, lust, ambition, murder, mystery and other associated matters. In an advertising agency, the ultimate power comes from Christine Stanford, a hateful shrew (Rachel McAdams, brilliant) who is deeply admired by her dedicated protégée Isabelle (Noomi Rapace), who does anything to earn her respect by coming up with great ideas to promote the company and the clients' products. The ideas work, she's heading to be promoted but the boss takes up further and gets the credit for the idea. There's misunderstanding, outrageous acts by both sides of the issue, tense work environment and then tragedy takes place with a lousy investigation on course. And who killed Christine?

We're told that this is a story about passion. But it's more about intrigue, manipulation and domination than just desire. There's something going on between assistant and chief but we don't know exactly what. The first seems to be fascinated with the woman of power and action while the second is just using of all possible ways to get her things done, to explore everyone around her but ultimately is someone with some small weaknesses. Like "Basic Instict" it goes with the premise everyone's bisexual in a way. Or perhaps, they just "shift" of preference to follow their goals (as evidenced, Isabelle has an affair with Dirk, Christine's boyfriend). And that's where De Palma's movie deserved more outcry from the LGBT community than all of what Verhoeven's movie got. Not just because of that, but specially the way all the female characters are treated (and we have to include Isabelle's assistant, played by Karoline Herfurth). They're presented as manipulative, insensitive, mean spirited among other things, people who'll do anything to succeed, and here comes the sad example of the movie, weakened due to what they are in their sexual nature, represented on a tasteless scene where Christine schemes to fire Isabelle's aide on the grounds of being harassed by her. But those protests are pointless, the best one can do is really bad-mouth the movie.

"Passion" is not a bad movie, it just makes a lot of wrong turns on the way that it looks bad. The script when it comes to give us realistic elements (such as the work routines both the agency and the police, second half of the film) is a completely mess using of unbelievable situations, inauthentic reactions and behavior, very ridiculous at times. The weakest part was the public humiliation suffered by Isabelle. Since the idea is to come up with unbelievable situations, she should have pulled the George Costanza card ("Oh yeah? And I've had sex with your boyfriend!") as a way to get revenge from her boss rather than laugh hysterically sounding like a sick hyena. And if those "real" moments don't work how come they expect us to buy the cinematic and definitely illogical moments, like the mystery, the crimes, the plot twist? And we cringe to the dialog, cheap and absurdly spoken for most of the time.

But De Palma isn't completely lost and insecure. He creates some wonderful moments, most notably the Hitchcockian climax but using of a modernity element to built tension. Let's face it, he creates some interest and we follow along. Yet he insists in dividing the screen pretending he's serious about focusing simultaneous actions at the same time, technique he explored better in other movies and here is just dull. Call me nuts but I see more quality in "The Bonfire of the Vanities" than in this thing. OK, I'm a little biased because I love that movie despite its flaws. But still.

And I couldn't forget to mention how deceitful this picture is. De Palma is a master in involving us with seductive women, gorgeous femme fatales, sexy creatures who demand our attention and the main characters. However, Rapace, McAdams and Herfurth although beautiful they don't share that magnetic and powerful quality which Melanie Griffith had in "Body Double" or Michelle Pfeiffer in "Scarface". They were sexy and friendly yet they meant trouble. Here, the characters pretend to be too innocent or trouble is already exposed on their faces.

"Passion" lacks of sensuality, eroticism and excitement; his only advantage is to be a little more bold in the kissing department. In the end it's just a minor suspense, almost embarrassing considering who's involved and it's time for him to move on to another direction, trade of genre once and for all. It generates interest, a little entertaining but nothing we can be passionate about. 6/10

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