Brian De Palma’s ‘Passion’ Stars Rachel McAdams

August 30, 2013 1:55 AM

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Brian De Palma’s ‘Passion’ Stars Rachel McAdams

And why not? The modern workplace can be a dull and dutiful place, where cutthroat competition is masked by smiley team spirit. So there is something refreshing about the way Mr. De Palma infuses the sterile, gleaming Berlin offices of a global advertising firm with his high-toned, elegant naughtiness. “Passion” is a swirl of bright color and arresting compositions, many of them involving red lipstick, high-heeled shoes, fancy lingerie, expensive Champagne and other venerable tenets of the Playboy Philosophy.

Which is not to accuse the film of old-fashioned sexism, exactly. Its misogyny is the kind that can plausibly masquerade as feminism, and “Passion” is interesting precisely insofar as it succeeds in scrambling the distinction. Remaking a French thriller by Alain Corneau (called “Love Crime” in Engli...

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