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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.

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Brian De Palma

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Cast

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 ... Officer (as Ian Dickinson)
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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.

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No backstabbing. Just business. See more »


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

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France | Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

30 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paixão See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Brian De Palma, the lead actresses arrived in Berlin a week before shooting started to rehearse the screenplay and had a lot of suggestions for the relationship of the characters, including making the lesbian subtext a more obvious element of the story. De Palma found himself overwhelmed with changing the screenplay so close to shooting, so he brought in Natalie Carter, co-writer of Crime d'amour (2010) by Alain Corneau, on which Passion (2012) is based on, and she re-wrote some scenes to accommodate Rapace and McAdams. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Isabelle James: What do you want?
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Referenced in De Palma & Donaggio: Masters of Pure Cinema (2016) See more »

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Written by Dave Pen (as D. Penney), Darius Keeler (as D. Keeler), Danny Griffiths (as D. Griffiths) and Mickey Hurcombe (as M. Hurcombe)
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De Palma one more step down the ladder
21 July 2013 | by engelstSee all my reviews

I've always been annoyed with Brian De Palma, because he so blatantly plagiarized Hitchcock, without ever developing a style of his own that could survive without constantly borrowing from the master. Nonetheless, De Palma did direct some decent movies, my favorites being Dressed to Kill, Body Double and Scarface.

Be that as it may, his recent efforts (Femme Fatale, Passion) were so shamelessly bad, that I will have to watch closer to make sure I do not run into one of his mongrels again.

I could not watch Passion to the end, it was just too much. I'll be brief:

Direction: sloppy, disinterested, too linear Camera: cheap, TV-ish Acting: appalling, especially Rapace is shockingly bad, robotic and not believable Story: run-of-the-mill B-movie


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