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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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Brian De Palma

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Brian De Palma
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Romijn ... Laure / Lily (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
Antonio Banderas ... Nicolas Bardo
Peter Coyote ... Watts
Eriq Ebouaney ... Black Tie
Edouard Montoute ... Racine
Rie Rasmussen ... Veronica
Thierry Frémont ... Serra (as Thierry Fremont)
Gregg Henry ... Shiff
Fiona Curzon Fiona Curzon ... Stanfield Phillips
Daniel Milgram Daniel Milgram ... Pierre / Bartender
Jean-Marc Minéo ... Seated Guard (as Jean-Marc Mineo)
Jean Chatel Jean Chatel ... Cannes Commentator
Stéphane Petit Stéphane Petit ... Bodyguard One (as Stephane Petit)
Olivier Follet Olivier Follet ... Bodyguard Two
Éva Darlan ... Irma (as Eva Darlan)
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

6 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujer fatal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$664,844 (France), 10 May 2002

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,776,248, 10 November 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,592,103, 8 December 2002
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1.85 : 1
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Early in the movie, a security technician drinks from a distinctive pear-shaped bottle. This is Orangina, a carbonated citrus-flavored soft drink that is very popular in Europe. See more »

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Nicolas Bardo: I'm sorry... You look so familiar. Haven't we met before, somewhere?
Laure Ash: Only in my dreams.
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References Sisters (1972) See more »

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Le Carnaval des Animaux
(1886)
Written by Camille Saint-Saëns
© Éditions Durand
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Excellent erotic thriller by the modern Master-of-Suspense Brian De Palma
4 July 2006 | by jabaw1See 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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