Passion: New York Film Festival 2012

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New York Film Festival 2012: Passion

New York Film Festival 2012: Passion


Cinematic bad boy Brian De Palma is in fine form with this sleek remake of Alain Corneau’s Love Crime. A trio of corporate-climbing femmes fatales—blond Rachel McAdams, brunet Noomi Rapace, redhead Karoline Herfurth—engage in figurative and literal backstabbing, tossing off bitchy one-liners (prepare yourself for McAdams’s Showgirls-worthy “Do you think I don’t see what’s going on in that dyke brain of yours?”) and figuring in a number of quintessentially De Palma–esque suspense set pieces. From the self-aware product placement (a Coca-Cola machine comes to a hilariously destructive end) to a bravura split-screen murder sequence, fans will take to this razor-sharp satire like a knife to a pulsing throat.—Keith Uhlich

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