The “Passion” Between Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace

The Toronto International Film Festival is quickly approaching, and this year’s lineup presents some controversial and daring themes, from custody battles (What Maisie Knew) to life support (Dormant Beauty) to social justice for political prisoners (Free Angela and All Political Prisoners) [1]. But wait, just when you thought this festival couldn’t get any more exciting, Brian De Palma goes and creates Passion: a psychological thriller that may or may not revolve around lesbian sado-masochistic sex between Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.

Passion explores the relationship between a love-starved, obsessive compulsive businesswoman named Isabelle (Rapace) and her manipulative, insidious boss Christine (McAdams). When Christine takes credit for an important business deal that Isabelle is actually responsible for, Isabelle channels the manipulative tendencies Christine has taught her and seeks revenge. Thus begins a delicate and insidious corporate dance between the two women, marked by power, charm, deceit, and passion.

Passion is an adaptation of French director Alain Corneau’s 2010 film Crime d’Amour (Love Crime). Contrasting the blatant eroticism evident in Passion’s trailer, Love Crime only flirted with the idea of a relationship between the two female leads. In this sense, Passion may attract a larger audience than its cinematic inspiration due to the fact that it features same-sex attraction between two of Hollywood’s most beautiful actress. However, Love Crime did an exceptional job of obscuring the lines between brilliance and insanity, and between love and obsession through its script and performance, so I have high thematic expectations of Passion. If De Palma successfully combines Love Crime’s thematic intrigue with the aesthetic appeal and talent of McAdams and Rapace, this film is sure to be killer.


[1] Indie Wire

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