Femme Fatale (2002)

Femme Fatale (2002, FRA) C-110m. ** D: Brian De Palma. Starring Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Antonio Banderas, Peter Coyote, Eriq Ebouaney, Edouard Montoute, Gregg Henry. Romijn-Stamos plays the title character, a cunning blonde bombshell, who cheats her partners out of a diamond loot (stolen during a premiere at the Cannes film festival). She gets a chance at erasing her traces when she is mistaken for a missing woman and accepts her identity. But that's just the beginning of a serpentine story. Stylish, typical De Palma thriller recalls his 1976 OBSESSION (among other films), but plot twists are so outrageous at times (and illogical) that the whole film becomes overtly artificial. Romijn-Stamos is hot, make no mistake. This film will produce varying responses - buffs will find it interesting, others will be frustrated early on. Sandrine Bonnaire appears as herself (in the Cannes festival scenes). Written by the director.


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