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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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Box Office


$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?


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 »


Following the initial heist scene at the beginning of the film, Black Tie says, "The bitch double-crossed us," in French. But the subtitles translate it as "The bitched double-crossed us". See more »


Laure Ash: Hey how come you're the only man in this room who doesn't want to fuck me.
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From the movie Double Indemnity (1944)
Written by Miklós Rózsa
Published by Famous Music Corp. (ASCAP)
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User Reviews

Excellent erotic thriller by the modern Master-of-Suspense Brian De Palma
4 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

First thing first: for those who love watching Brian De Palma films, this is a must-see film for you. Femme Fatale is one of Brian De Palma's greatest thrillers, along with Dressed to Kill, Carrie, Obsession etc. If you are not familiar with Brian De Palma films, it might be best if you watch some of his more conventional thrillers before watching Femme Fatale.

This is definitely one of De Palma's more personal films to date, and as he both directed and wrote the screenplay for Femme Fatale, he has virtually complete control over the film. Every single camera shot has a meaning to it, and this film as many of De Palma's classic camera styles, such as split screen slow motion action sequences, long takes before a disaster occurs etc.

A lot of the talent behind this movie also comes from the cast. Rebecca Romjin-Stamos gives a noteworthy performance as the bisexual seductive Laure Ash, and Anotnio Banderas excels himself as Nicolas Bardo, the retired still-obsessed professional photographer, who gets trapped in Laure-aka-Lily's seductive web. Other noteworthy performances got to Peter Coyote as Bruce Watts, and Eriq Ebouaney as the sinister and ruthless Black Tie.

Generally, the screenplay for the movie is well-written and flows smoothly throughout the movie (except for the ending, which is a little bit strange. Those who have seen the movie would know what I'm talking about).Also, one there's one pretty major problem with the heist at the beginning, but you don't really notice it when you're watching(I only picked it up after my fifth viewing of it).

Also,Femme Fatale wouldn't be the same were it not for the film's sweeping and riveting score, which sets the slightly mystical yet mysterious tone for the film.

Overall, a top-notch De Palma classic, although no-lovers of Brian De Palma may not appreciate it in it's full brilliance

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