Country: Germany/France
Language: English/German
Release Date: 2013
AKA: Gyilkos vágyak
Starring: Noomie Rapace, Rachel McAdams
Director: Brian De Palma
Reboot: Love Crime


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

Mostly Brian De Palma's "Passion" is a solid thriller that exudes his usual technical brilliance, i.e. fantastic art direction, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and score. Yep, it's the complete package, or was there something missing from that list, oh yeah, the script. With a great start and great actors the script collapses into a ridiculous, incoherent end. But that didn't stop me watching, there was something mesmerising in Noomi Rapace's performance, it was good and bad but still captivating. Actually, both female leads give extraordinary performances but that ending lessened their impact.

As per De Palma's previous thrillers like "Dressed to Kill," "Sisters," "Carrie," "Femme Fatale," there is sexual inuendo and tension, backstabbing and murder, bitching and manipulation, hey what's not to like. There is also great fashion and style, the art direction is flawless.

Would I watch this film again? Most definitely, this is the director who gave me one of my favourite films "The Untouchables".

Reboot Information: This film is a reboot of the French film "Love Crime" starring Ludivine Sagnier and Oscar-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas. To be honest "Love Crime" is the better film, it is darker, not as theatrical and the ending is far better. One reviewer had this to say "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Especially one in a power suit, who knows how to work a room."