Corporate career analysis: Passion (movie review)

On March 15, 2013, in In English, by Siim Lepisk

The latest Brian De Palma movie “Passion” (2012, current IMDB score 6.5) is quite exciting movie about corporate game. Although it is also disgustingly manipulative, and won’t do any good to your brain, the screenplay and its core ideas were clever enough to recommend it to everyone who aims to climb a corporate ladder.

The movie is about rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising/communications agency and her talented protégée. It is about manipulations, compromising schemes, strong in-house competition and corporate game.

Psychologically the movie is negatively inspiring. But from artistic point of view the actors are excellent, script is thrilling and the film is visually strong. Beautiful german cars, people, architecture and interior design.

Some thoughts that the movie could provoke you to think of:

  • What are your values at work, and how do you stick to them?
  • How much can someone bend your values?
  • How far are you willing to go for your career?
  • Are you willing to work for manipulating bosses?
  • Do you overt-manipulate your subordinates?
  • How much manipulation can you handle?

I was lucky that I didn’t watch the trailer in advance – if you expect a lot of erotic excitement from this movie, it might not be the case. However, it does include some thrilling and sexual scenes. It is about ambitious people who are never satisfied, who need wilder and stronger moments to get their daily dopamine dose. Are you one of them?

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