Femme Fatale

2002

Femme Fatale

Critics Consensus

The thriller Femme Fatale is overheated, nonsensical, and silly.

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Movie Info

A contemporary film noir about an alluring seductress named Laure Ash. A sultry former jewel thief and con woman trying to live the straight life, Laure is suddenly exposed to the world--and her enemies--by a voyeuristic photographer, Nicholas Bardo, who takes a sudden interest in her. Seen as a dangerous individual dressed in black, Nicholas is always hounding her, attempting to reveal Laure for what she really is--a born manipulator. As Nicholas tries to determine her true intentions, he begins to uncover some dangerous secrets. Her shadowy life of deceit had also spawned vengeful co-conspirators who will neither forget, nor forgive her lies. Laure's shady past comes back to haunt her, and soon thereafter, Nicholas becomes ensnared in her surreal quest for revenge.

Cast

Rebecca Romijn
as Laure/Lily
Antonio Banderas
as Nicolas Bardo
Eric Ebouaney
as Black Tie
Rie Rasmussen
as Veronica
Fiona Curzon
as Stanfield Phillips
Gilles Jacob
as Himself
Jean-Marc Mineo
as Seated Guard
Jean Chatel
as Cannes Commentator
Jaoquina Balaunde
as Woman in Panic
Stephane Petit
as Bodyguard One
Olivier Follet
as Bodyguard Two
Philippe Guegan
as Bespectacled Man
Denis Hecker
as TV Moderator
Laurence Breheret
as Flight Attendant
Salvatore Ingoglia
as Truck Driver
Matthew Geczy
as Embassy Guard
Jo Prestia
as Napoleon
David Belle
as French Policeman
Francoise Michaud
as Woman With Blind Man
Alain Figlarz
as Sex Shop Man
Bart De Palma
as Power Room Guard
Valérie Maës
as The Blonde at the Restroom, Bridge and Cafe
David Cuny
as Groom Hotel Sheraton
Eric Fesais
as Policeman
Bertrand Merignac
as Photographer
Dan Herzberg
as Surveillance Room Guard
Sam Olivier
as Surveillance Room Guard
Pascal Ondicolberry
as Surveillance Room Guard
Gerard Renault
as Surveillance Room Guard
Joaquina Balaunde
as Woman in Panic
Ugne Andrikonyte
as Festival Guest
Faco Hanela
as Poster Man
Pascale Jacquemot
as Medium on TV Show
Matilde Tancredi
as Medium on TV Show
Pascale Jacquemont
as Medium on TV Show
Serge Gonnin
as Thierry
Sandrine Bonnaire
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Daniel Millgram
as Pierre/Bartender
Régis Wargnier
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Beata Sonczuk-Ben Ammar
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Yves Marmion
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Ada Marmion
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Leonardo de la Fuente
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Stephen Van Nukerk
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Driki Van Zyl
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Pascal Silvestre
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Henri Ernst
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Olivier Albou
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Stephen Van Nietert
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Emilie Chatel
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Dorothee Grosjean
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Chloe Cremont
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Justine Renard
as Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
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Critic Reviews for Femme Fatale

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (70)

Audience Reviews for Femme Fatale

  • Jul 13, 2011
    no one could blame de palma for putting style over substance. he has built a career putting films together without any depth. this film has all the marks and the conclusion is quite interesting. the beginning we get most of the male viewers in alone
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2010
    DePalma can construct amazing stylistic sequences, the opening twenty minutes of the film are a testament to that. The film just gets goofier from there. The ending is so bizarre and completely ridiculous. I still found it enjoyable on some level, probably because I am just so amazed that De Palma combined film noir, Hitchcock, and a little david lynch in one film.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2010
    I think this is an awesome film by DePalma who is a master of the thriller game as much as Hitchcock was in provoking an audience. Femme Fatale is a great film about two very interesting chracters outsmarting each other in a game of cat and mouse. DePalma tells this erotic film in a non linear style and uses stunning visuals and smooth camera movements to enhance the story. The eroticism is quite fascinating as when Romajin seduces a young woman in a washroom while removing pieces of valuable jewlery. DePalma is a student of Hitchcock and with other films like "Body Heat" or "Obsession", "Femme Fatale" is another great gravy piece of filmmaking and again a respectful homage to Alfred Hitchcock.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2009
    It really feels like a lot of Brian De Palma’s early work, playing around with the Noir genre and fitting it into a modern caper/thriller. The visual style is beautiful, even more than usual due to the fact that it’s filmed in breathtaking areas in Cannes. The story is extremely fun and keeps you guessing along the way. The acting is decent, Rebecca Romijn clearly wasn’t that experienced at the time, but more of her work is visual anyway. I’m also not a huge fan of Antonio Banderas, but he was actually very good in this. While it’s not a perfect movie, it’s definitely worthwhile and a return to the past for De Palma.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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