Director: Brian De Palma Run Time: 114 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 2002 Language: English & French
Starring: , Antonio Banderas, Eriq Ebouaney, Peter Coyote, Rebecca Romijn, Rie Rasmussen
The glossy and stylish Femme Fatale is De Palma’s neo-noir cinema antidote to the “woman-as-victim” genre.
“A femme fatale is a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations.”
Jewelry heists, identity theft, suicide, faux-kidnapping, and murder make up this Parisian tale that follows con-woman Laure (Rebecca Romjin) from her double-cross after stealing the diamond jewel “Eye of the Serpent” from a sexually adventurous model at the Cannes film festival to her attempts to straighten her life out. Though her power of seduction has helped her attain riches and has gotten her into the arms of a powerful politician, the beautiful and deadly Laure cannot escape her past. Often viewed as prioritizing form over content, Femme Fatale is a self-referential sexy thriller about cinema, desire and the complications involving the secrets we manifest.
Part of Nitehawk’s THE WORKS – BRIAN DE PALMA series.