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Joseph Price, a former artist (painter) and now nature park ranger, has fallen for a woman who he meets in the park. They get on really well and before long they're married, but Joe doesn't know much about his new bride Cynthia. One day Cynthia disappears, leaving only the briefest of goodbye notes. Joe's lost without her and heads for the big city to find her. There he unearth some strange and puzzling facts about his missing wife. Written by Rob Hartill

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A secret life. A deadly passion. What you don't know can kill you.

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Colin Firth shines in otherwise badly-done movie
9 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Femme Fatale" (1991) is yet another neo-noir in the long list amassed by critic John Grant. Lately, I've been looking at some of the more obscure ones. There will be the occasional jewel among them, but mostly their obscurity and low ratings are deserved, this movie included. This film has a very good performance by Colin Firth, clearly worth seeing by his fans. He carries his part exceedingly well. He's kind of a bewildered soul who hasn't found a true love, but then falls hard for Lisa Zane. They marry and repair to his hideaway job as a forest ranger. Almost immediately she leaves him. He wakes up and finds her ring and a note saying "I don't know who you are". This is a good premise for a story, as he makes every effort not only to find her but to understand her. She's clearly more complex than he thought, for she seemed 100% in love with him and committed to their marriage.

Unfortunately, the film then tends to meander and lose dramatic tension. It's not without interest. It's not a bomb. We stay with it. However, the writing and direction fail to create the sought after jewel or even much of a semblance thereof. In the old Hollywood days, b-movies were better done relative to b-movies like this one. The established production teams of the studios saw to that and the producers seemed to have known how to stem the bombs and get decent second features. Nowadays, there's a lot of product but a lot more junky stuff too. This one tries. It makes an attempt. Firth's presence helps. But in the final analysis, in terms of a good story, dramatically told and engaging, this effort falls flat.


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