TIFF 2012: Get All Hot and Bothered with First Trailer for Brian De Palma's PASSION

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TIFF 2012: Get All Hot and Bothered with First Trailer for Brian De Palma's PASSION

Brian De Palma has been written off before, and it may be that Passion, his remake of Alain Corneau's Crime d'amour (AKA Love Crime), is nothing more than a job for hire. Or, perhaps it's an opportunity for an old dog to show the kids that he's still got a few tricks up his sleeve.

Obviously, I'm hoping for the latter. The original film, starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier, was a perfectly fine thriller with a couple of neat twists. In Jim Tudor's review from last fall, when it had a limited theatrical release in the U.S., he questioned whether a remake was even needed, since the film was successful on its own terms. The TIFF program notes claim: "De Palma follows the structure of the original while making it entirely his own."

The new version stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. For McAdams, it's an opportunity to show a darker, more dangerous edge to her personality, while for Rapace it follows her central turn in Prometheus in showcasing her range of acting talents.

The film debuts at the Venice festival before heading to Toronto for its North American Premiere. I don't believe it has U.S. distribution yet, though deals are set up in France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. We''ll undoubtedly be hearing more about it in the next coupld of weeks, but for now the first trailer promises sizzling heat and two very attractive ladies in very stylish surroundings.

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Carlos GarciaAugust 23, 2012 1:55 PM

That leather glove...;)

Brian ClarkAugust 23, 2012 5:20 PM

movie of the year - I'm calling it now!

CashBaileyAugust 23, 2012 7:41 PM

My pants agree.

VyceVictusAugust 23, 2012 9:55 PM

Such hypocrisy to hate the concept of remakes yet praise this movie. Of course it looks terrific, but that's my point. The fact that it's a remake is irrelevant to its quality, so all movies should be recognized as such. (A shitty remake is bad because it's a shitty movie, not because it's a remake)

Peter MartinAugust 23, 2012 10:18 PM

You make a fine point, but I'm curious: Are you referring to me, personally, 'hating the concept of remakes'? Have I given you that impression in this or in other articles? If so, I need to express myself more clearly in the future. As you say, it is not remakes in general that I hate, but bad remakes that I could do without.

VyceVictusAugust 23, 2012 11:03 PM

Sorry, that wasn't at you personally. I was just referring to the film aficionado scene that is the wonderful community of Twitch and like-minded groups as a whole. There are so many comments through various articles here displaying abject disdain for remakes, yet here it's and being gushed over (with good reason mind you). I just felt it was important to point out.

Peter MartinAugust 23, 2012 11:16 PM

Ah, thank you for the clarification. As I said, it's a fine point, one that we film aficionados don't always keep in mind! We really should consider each film on its own merits; if the film is an adapation, it's fair game to compare it to the source material (film, book, play, and so forth) or other versions, but ultimately it must stand on its own.

Of course, some people still have a knee-jerk reaction to any remake and/or any product of the Hollywood studio system, and/or what have you, a prejudice developed over time and experience, but it's a good idea, periodically, to reconsider why, exactly, we might be recoiling at the prospect of a remake, sequel, prequel, reboot, and so forth.