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

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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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Uma Thurman was originally cast as Laure Ash, but cancelled when she became pregnant. See more »

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French cop: The American ambassador beats his wife?
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A classic of its kind...
16 November 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just when you thought Brian De Palma had got as low as he could, along comes Femme Fatale, a film so bad it's quite brilliant. If you thought previous efforts like Raising Cain and Body Double reached new levels of absurdity, trust me they were just dress rehearsals for Femme Fatale.

Any film which has in its opening moments a lesbian sex scene combined with a jewellery heist in the toilets of the Cannes Film Festival surely signals more bad taste scenes to come, and yes ole Brian doesn't disappoint. The longer the film went on the more the audience laughed, with dialogue usually reserved for porn films - " I don't want you to kiss my ass, just f*** it' - you know you're onto a winner.

The final 15 minutes provided more laughs than any comedy for many a year, surely De Palma's career can only go in one direction, it can't get much lower than this - can it?

I have to give Femme Fatale ten out of ten for all the wrong reasons - truly a classic.


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