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Femme Fatale (2002)

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A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her.

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The thief Laurie Ash steals the expensive diamond jewel called 'Eye of the Serpent' in an audacious heist during an exhibition in Cannes 2001 Festival. She double-crosses her partners and is mistakenly taken as Lily, a woman who lost her husband and son in an accident and is missing since then, by an ordinary family. One day, while having bath in Lily's bathtub, Lily comes back home and commits suicide. Laurie assumes definitely Lily's identity, goes to America where she marries a rich man, who becomes the Ambassador of USA in France. When Laurie returns to France, her past haunts her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Nothing is more desirable or more deadly than a woman with a secret


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6 November 2002 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$324,709 (Japan) (29 August 2003)

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$567,253 (Japan) (29 August 2003)
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Apple computers visible in the movie include a Graphite iBook seen just before the first bathtub scene, a Titanium PowerBook in the airplane scene, and a PowerMac G4 Cube with 15" Studio Display in Bardo's apartment. See more »

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Laure Ash: [to Nick] Maybe Napolean and I can sail off into the sunset and you can go fuck yourself.
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From the movie Est - Ouest (1999), directed by Régis Wargnier
Composed by Patrick Doyle
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© 1999 UGC YM - France 3 CINÉMA - NTV PROFIT - GALA FILMS Ltd. - MATE PRODUCTIONS
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I Would Expect Much More Than That for a Brian De Palma Movie
24 August 2003 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The thief Laurie Ash (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) steals the expensive diamond jewel called 'Eye of the Serpent' in an audacious heist during an exhibition in Cannes 2001 Festival. She double-crosses her partners and is mistakenly taken as Lily, a woman who lost her husband and son in an accident and is missing since then, by an ordinary family. One day, while having bath in Lily's bathtub, Lily comes back home and commits suicide. Laurie assumes definitely Lily's identity, goes to America where she marries a rich man, who becomes the Ambassador of USA in France. When Laurie returns to France, her past haunts her.

"Femme Fatale" is a confused movie and the flawed plot presents many points not well-explained. For example, why should Laurie leave the safety of living in USA, having a fortune from the robbery (and maybe from a divorce from a rich man), and comes back to France, where she could feel jeopardized by her past? Certainly It would not be to stay with her "beloved-husband" in Paris. Therefore, there is no plausible explanation for her return to Paris. Further, divorces are common in America, so it would be very easy to her to resolve her problem. In addition, this situation of double life has been successfully explored in many movies, like for example by David Lynch in "Lost Highway" and "Mulholland Drive". The use of a classic scene (in this movie, 'Double Indemnity') is also very common technique. I would expect much more than that for a Brian De Palma film but in the end it is entertains. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Femme Fatale"


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