Femme Fatale

Released 2002


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Brian De Palma
Femme Fatale is the 2001 mysterious, erotic thriller from veritable master of the genre Brian De Palma (Carrie, Blow Out, Carlito's Way, Scarface, Mission: Impossible, Snake Eyes), which sets the incendiary goings on in sultry Paris, France, offering a classy and sensual background to the tangled web which unfolds. Laure Ash (Rebecca Romijn, X-Men) is a sexually explorative thief who is involved in a potentially risky diamond heist taking place at the respected Cannes Film Festival during the lavish premiere of a new French film. Her job is to seduce the stunning wearing of the jewelry while her cohorts disable security. However, the crafty Ash soon double crosses her two companions and is off with the diamonds. She needs a passport to get out of the country and to her great fortune, finds a woman who could be her doppelganger that commits suicide, her passport conveniently available for the taking. Only upon her return to France under her new identity, is she in danger from her just released from prison cohorts who want revenge against the femme fatale.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Here, the message is the moviemaking and the unparalleled joy you get from a film that can carry you off so completely, making you forget about everything save for the beautiful li...

  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The story, to the extent that it is comprehensible, is pretentious and banal, closer to "Vanilla Sky" than "Notorious." But Mr. De Palma proves that, in the absence of insight or i...

  • 70

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    An extravagant suspense cocktail of wacky and lascivious ingredients that goes down fine.

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Thrillers, Crime