Brian De Palma’s newest film, Passion, debuted a new domestic trailer that delves deeper into the world of the sultry, tense thriller. The film tells of a rivalry between manipulative ad agency boss, Christine (Rachel McAdams) and her protégé, Isabelle (Noomi Rapace), as the conflict escalates from stealing and public humiliation to murder. The trailer delivers on the escalating conflict, with a thick sexual tension permeating throughout that you could cut with a knife. As a matter of fact, there is a healthy dose of knife-usage in the trailer, along with strong lesbian themes, and other De Palma hallmarks (masks, split screen and overall camp). The film has divided critics at previous film festivals, yet De Palma’s return to horror is always fascinating, so as of now, the court of public opinion remains open on Passion.
The film marks the big-screen return of the genre auteur, who also sees the tale that made his name, Carrie, receive a big-screen remake at the hands of Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Pierce. De Palma’s last film, Redacted, was quickly sent to home media after a controversial limited-theater run, and his last studio film, the Josh Hartnett-Aaron Eckhart starring horror-crime-thriller The Black Dahlia, was a critical and financial failure back in the fall of 2006. De Palma is still considered a master of his craft by both colleagues and genre fans alike.
Check out the trailer below and be sure to stay tuned to Diabolique for more on Brian De Palma’s Passion!
– By Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn is a graduate of Montclair State University, NJ, with a B.F.A. in Filmmaking. Throughout his time in the program, he worked on various aspects of pre, pro and post-production. Writing has always been a favorite of his and he feels this “favoritism” shows in his work. Various professors, students, directors and actors have praised his writing ability. On top of writing for Diabolique, he has written for TV, written/co-written feature films for So Real? Entertainment and is currently working on a feature length dark comedy script of his own. Follow him on twitter: @rvaughn881