Over 100 additional pictures of Noomi’s appearance at this year’s Venice Film Festival, to celebrate the world-premiere of Brian De Palma’s “Passion”, have been added to the gallery. More information, reviews and videos can be found below.
The first reviews are coming in as well. De Palma a la Mod has a wonderful collection of reviews that give more insight on the film. A few excerpts are below, please beware of spoilers. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Neil Young calls Passion a “convoluted Euro-thriller” that “represents a disappointingly anaemic stab at a comeback from Brian De Palma.” Young suggests that while the star presence of Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace should garner distribution in the U.S., the film is likely headed for cult status. Regarding Karoline Herfurth’s character, Young writes, “the emergence of Dani in the picture’s second half ranks alongside the script’s few welcome surprises.” Young adds, “By this point, however, proceedings have taken a wayward turn down some unfortunate dead-end alleyways. A grisly murder, the ensuing police investigation – featuring some blundering but impeccably Anglophone cops – and the questionable mental state of a key character are cues for De Palma and his veteran Spanish cinematographer José Luis Alcaine to unleash all manner of distorted lighting-effects and camera-angles.” Screen Daily‘s Lee Marshall feels that “De Palma glues together what feel like two different films in the remake [of Love Crime]: a female rivalry drama-thriller, and a murder mystery. And although the exercise carries an undertow of tongue-in-cheek pastiche, this is so inconsistently applied that if feels like an escape clause.” Marshall appreciates Donaggio’s score, “with its nods at seventies and eighties Italo genre fare,” but is unimpressed with the split-screen sequence, calling it “a waste of the technique, as there is little dramatic or thematic connection between what we see on each side of the split.” Marshall also writes that some of the dialogue provoked bursts of laughter during the press screening.
Additionally, two clips from the festival have been added to the video archive – the press conference (a compilation of about 15 minutes) and the premiere for the film. Regarding the press conference, please be aware of spoilers as well.