Jenny Nix, wife of eminent child psychologist Carter Nix, becomes increasingly concerned about her husband's seemingly obsessive concern over the upbringing of their daughter. Her own ... See full summary »
Brian De Palma
Keith Gordon is a creative young man who films the oddball doings of his family and peers. "The Maestro" appears frequently to give him pointers on his techniques. It's almost a film about ... See full summary »
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
The film supposedly takes place at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, even though the premiere that was recreated for the opening of the film is for _Est - Ouest (1999). The real director Régis Wargnier and the star of the film Sandrine Bonnaire appear as themselves. See more »
You cannot record with the Sony MiniDisc recorder used in the movie without using an external microphone. See more »
As a loyal admirer of De Palma's previous world since Carrie or Phantom in Paradise, I felt terrible disappointed on the absurdity and mediocrity of his latest work FEMME FATALE.
The story is so absurd and the characters so shallow defined, that there is no suspense; the bad guys has no presence or strength and there is only one good persons who is not even a secondary character (how could you care for the good husband if he is only shown in one 30 seconds scene, not even a close-up, with two lines of dialog). Banderas has enough charisma to give some sympathy to a paparazzi with a never explained past, and Romijn- Stamos has some screen presence (which you could appreciate better in the X-MEN movies) but characters behavior have no explanation or reason there is no much they can do here. There is some kind of surprise at the end, whose only reason seems to give some plausibility to the beginning.
If based on the title or ads or the main actress, you are looking for the steam of Body Double or Dressed to Kill, they are nowhere to be found here. The movie start's with a lesbian scene, but as in most recent USA movies; the shy camera looks elsewhere. After that (promising but absolutely unnecessary) scene, you only get fetish made for Americans sex, no nudity only but lingerie and dancing, which could be the idea of erotism of a made for TV cheap movie.
I believe there was some failed intention to imitate David Lynch (Mullholland's Drive) and then a hard editing job to make the movie bearable at least.
In short, as a sign of respect to a great director; SKIP THIS MOVIE, you will not regret it.
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