They’re really playing up the potential lesbian undertones of Passion, although I have a horrible feeling it’s more to appeal to the baser instincts of straight men than because this will actually be a good depiction of women’s desire. Hopefully I’m wrong, but the fact that both the first poster and the first image both see Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams about to kiss does suggest this is more about men’s desire than women’s.
The poster was released ahead of the movie looking for international distributors at Cannes.
Based on Alain Corneau’s film Crime d’amour, Passion is ‘An erotic thriller in the tradition of “Dressed To Kill” and “Basic Instinct” [neither of which were exactly great depictions of the LGBTQ community], Brian de Palma’s PASSION tells the story of a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business. Christine possesses the natural elegance and casual ease associated with one who has a healthy relationship with money and power. Innocent, lovely and easily exploited, her admiring protégé Isabelle is full of cutting-edge ideas that Christine has no qualms about stealing. They’re on the same team, after all… Christine takes pleasure in exercising control over the younger woman, leading her one step at a time ever deeper into a game of seduction and manipulation, dominance and humiliation. But when Isabelle falls into bed with one of Christine’s lovers, war breaks out. On the night of the murder, Isabelle is at the ballet, while Christine receives an invitation to seduction. From whom? Christine loves surprises. Naked she goes to meet the mystery lover waiting in her bedroom…’