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Femme Fatale (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  6 November 2002 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laure / Lily (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
Black Tie
Edouard Montoute ...
Thierry Frémont ...
Serra (as Thierry Fremont)
Fiona Curzon ...
Daniel Milgram ...
Pierre / Bartender
Jean-Marc Minéo ...
Seated Guard (as Jean-Marc Mineo)
Jean Chatel ...
Cannes Commentator
Stéphane Petit ...
Bodyguard One (as Stephane Petit)
Olivier Follet ...
Bodyguard Two
Eva Darlan ...


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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Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujer fatal  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$664,844 (France) (10 May 2002)


$567,253 (Japan) (29 August 2003)

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Did You Know?


Brian De Palma couldn't find the right girl to play Veronica. Rebecca Romijn convinced him that one of her friends, Danish model Rie Rasmussen, would be perfect for the job. He met her and signed Rasmussen because he loved the way she walked. See more »


When Black Tie and his partner are running onto the bridge near the end of the film, we first see their shadows. Next to them a third shadow is visible - the Steadicam operator. See more »


French cop: The American ambassador beats his wife?
Nicolas Bardo: Yes, that's right. Yes, and she has the face to prove it.
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References Blow-Up (1966) See more »


From the movie Double Indemnity (1944)
Written by Miklós Rózsa
Published by Famous Music Corp. (ASCAP)
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pure movie-making
23 June 2005 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Brian De Palma's 'Femme Fatale' is pure movie-making. In fact, it is done so well you almost forget it is all close to nonsense. But who cares, 'Femme Fatale' is an exercise in style drenched in twists and turns. Instead of cheating De Palma gives us a lot of little hints, easily missed the first time you see it. Explaining the story could ruin a lot and is probably useless anyway.

I can tell the film opens with a heist, probably one of the most erotic ones out there. Laure Ash (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) is the one who goes away with a very expensive artifact betraying a whole lot of people. This event is what drives her the rest of the movie, but in what way I can not reveal. I can say that we move forward to seven years later and that Laure has changed her identity, more by mistake than on purpose. Another important thing I can tell you is that we meet a photographer named Nicolas Bardo (Antonio Banderas). He takes a picture of Laure while she is still Laure and he is the one who takes a picture of her seven years later, a photo that could spoil everything for her.

I should stop talking about the story. You have to see it for yourself, collecting clues and try to make something out of it. I love a movie like this. 'Memento', 'Mulholland Dr.' and 'Donnie Darko' are other examples. Maybe you can figure them out, if that is the filmmakers intention, maybe you can not. But it is not so much the conclusion I enjoy, it is the ride that brings us there. De Palma does it in a terrific way with a lot of love for the movies.

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