Above is the first still from the new film Passion from filmmaker Brian DePalma, whose output has very nearly dried up over the past 20 years. After multiple misfires like Entrapment, Snake Eyes, Femme Fatale, Redacted, and The Black Dahlia many wrote DePalma off as a has-been without anything left in the tank.
Then, he announced his latest film, Passion, a remake of the 2010 French film Love Crime starring Kristin Scott Thomas. The plot line for DePalma’s version reads as follows:
“An erotic thriller in the tradition of “Dressed To Kill” and “Basic Instinct”, Brian de Palma’s PASSION tells the story of a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business. Christine possesses the natural elegance and casual ease associated with one who has a healthy relationship with money and power. Innocent, lovely and easily exploited, her admiring protégé Isabelle is full of cutting-edge ideas that Christine has no qualms about stealing. They’re on the same team, after all… Christine takes pleasure in exercising control over the younger woman, leading her one step at a time ever deeper into a game of seduction and manipulation, dominance and humiliation. But when Isabelle falls into bed with one of Christine’s lovers, war breaks out. On the night of the murder, Isabelle is at the ballet, while Christine receives an invitation to seduction. From whom? Christine loves surprises. Naked she goes to meet the mystery lover waiting in her bedroom…”
Sounds like the films that made DePalma famous such as Sisters and Body Double, the films from the 80’s that were sexually charged and not afraid to go where audiences didn’t expect them to. All I can say is its about time, and audiences will turn out in droves to see Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in a sexually charged thriller where they kiss at least once. If I know anything about America.