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Passion (2012)

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The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.


Brian De Palma


Brian De Palma, Natalie Carter (film "Crime d'amour") | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel McAdams ... Christine
Noomi Rapace ... Isabelle
Karoline Herfurth ... Dani
Paul Anderson ... Dirk
Dominic Raacke ... J.J. Koch
Rainer Bock ... Inspector Bach
Benjamin Sadler ... Prosecutor
Michael Rotschopf ... Attorney Isabelle
Max Urlacher Max Urlacher ... Rolf
Jörg Pintsch ... Mark
Trystan Pütter ... Eric
Patrick Heyn Patrick Heyn ... Manager
Carlo Castro Carlo Castro ... Fashion Show Choreographer
Melissa Holroyd Melissa Holroyd ... Beate
Ian T. Dickinson Ian T. Dickinson ... Officer (as Ian Dickinson)


The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.

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No backstabbing. Just business. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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France | Germany


English | German

Release Date:

30 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paixão See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,100, 1 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$91,186, 22 September 2013
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is a remake of the French film Love Crime (2010), directed by Alain Corneau, who died the same year this film was released. See more »


Exterior shot supposedly in London - see the double-decker bus - except the vehicles are driving on the wrong side of the road. The scene was actually shot in Berlin, Germany. See more »


Isabelle James: What do you want?
Christine Stanford: I used to want to be admired.
Isabelle James: I admire you.
Christine Stanford: Well, now I want to be loved.
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Remake of Love Crime (2010) See more »


Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
(Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune)
Composed by Claude Debussy
Performed by Karlheinz Zoeller and the Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
© Public Domain
(p) & © 1965 Deutsche Grammophon
Courtesy of Universal Music Vision
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Twisted Story Told Without Passion
20 July 2013 | by themissingpatientSee all my reviews

Brian De Palma returns with a remake of a 2010 french thriller, Crime d'amour (Love Crime), now renamed Passion. It stars Rachel McAdams and everyone's newest favorite actress, Noomi Rapace, who we all feel in-love with for being the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. They are work colleagues and we witness the beginning of what becomes a rivalry between them that spirals out of control until one of them is left dead.

The opening scene makes you wonder if you've just found yourself watching an improvised video that will eventually lead to a softcore pornographic lesbian sex scene between the two actresses. If this doesn't make you want to watch it, you'll be more likely to enjoy where the story actually does go. Rachel McAdams is who Rachel McAdams is in half of the other movies she is in, like a grown-up version of her role in Mean Girls. Noomi Rapace's performance gets better with each scene. Two great actresses, but we already know that.

The story is a throwback to the 1970's when directors were all trying to imitate the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Brian De Palma is quite a high profile director himself, often put up on a pedestal with Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. He can be innovate but sometimes we can go a little too far with experimental framing and different editing techniques. How much does it enhance the story to use split screens in the scenes that he does? Sister and Phantom of the Paradise put him in his place but he peeked with such classics as Carrie, Scarface, The Untouchables and Carlito's Way. With Mission Impossible he had hit the top of his career, as far as success. His next film, Snake Eyes, would be torn apart by critics and Mission to Mars was unforgivably bad by everyone's standards. And though he is trying, he is unable to tap into what it was that originally made him such an exiting director to look out for through the 70's and into the 90's.

Passion is a fun, twisted little story that is told without any real passion. A low-budget we can look past, this just feels cheap.

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