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(2012)

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This is a remake of the French film Crime d'amour (2010), directed by Alain Corneau, who died the same year this film was released.
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This is the seventh film by Brian De Palma that composer Pino Donaggio has scored. Their first collaboration was Carrie (1976).
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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.
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When Noomi Rapace was cast, she suggested Rachel McAdams for the role of Christine, because they had worked together on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and wanted to repeat the experience, this time with plenty of on-camera interaction.
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Marks the second film Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams and Paul Anderson starred in together, only a year after Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).
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Dominic Cooper was originally cast but had to drop out later. Paul Anderson replaced him.
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Rachel McAdams said, "Playing Christine was a challenge. She's kind of wickedly delicious, but not too too much. Those characters can be more fun than the ingénue, the leading lady, where there's the expectation of having the audience like you. I saw the film not too long ago, and I found the sexuality quite restrained, even for Brian De Palma. I found it more about possession, and not about wanting to have sex with each other, and be physical, but wanting to possess the other. I think he's dealing a lot with vanity, and narcissism. You want the other person to reflect what you want to be. I felt like the only person I could do this with was Noomi. It certainly made it easier. I was nervous!" (Entertainment Weekly)
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