A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 6.2/10 (19,857 voted)
Critic's Score: 59/100
Brian De Palma
Stars: Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas, Peter Coyote
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.
(as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
(as Thierry Fremont)
(as Jean-Marc Mineo)
(as Stephane Petit)
Nothing is more desirable or more deadly than a woman with a secret
Warner Bros. |
Release Date: 6 November 2002
Filming Locations: Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $2,776,248
(10 November 2002)
(8 December 2002)
Did You Know?
Antonio Banderas didn't really see himself as Bardo, but wanted to learn directorial skills from Brian de Palma. He shared his thoughts with De Palma, who agreed to teach him everything he wanted to know if Banderas took the part.
Following the initial heist scene at the beginning of the film, Black Tie says, "The bitch double-crossed us," in French. But the subtitles translate it as "The bitched double-crossed us".
Isn't sugar better than vinegar?
Well crafted and finely detailed
You really have to admire Brian DePalma as a director. He's directed some
the finest thrillers in the last 30 years and even his misfires are
interesting to watch like "Snake Eyes". I really enjoyed how well made
film is. If you don't like the story, thats your business. But this film
so finely detailed and shot that I put it in the same boat as "Mulholland
Dr." and "Blackhawk Down". Interesting films that some viewers had mixed
reactions to but the direction of these films was so expertly crafted that
even the most ardent critics had to admit to the talent of the director.
This film starts out at the Cannes Film Festival where a group of thieves
are attempting to steal some diamonds off of a model by having Laure Ash
(Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) seduce her in a lesbian encounter in the ladies
bathroom. Things go wrong and Laure takes off with the diamonds. Seven
later Laure is married to an American diplomat and is in Paris with her
husband when a papparazzi named Nicolas (Antonio Banderas) takes a picture
of her. She doesn't want to be photographed because the former members of
her gang are still looking for her. What I have just mentioned is just
scratching the surface. This is a psychological thriller that has so many
twists and turns that the casual film viewer will probably be in over
head. But this is a film that gives many hints along the way as you watch
it. You have to pay attention to this film and one key scene takes place
when Laure and Nicolas are having coffee in a cafe. Laure is sitting next
the window. Outside, a poster is being put up for a film called "Deja Vu"
and the reflection of Laure on the glass is centered in the middle of the
poster. DePalma uses many overhead shots to allow the viewer to get full
view of certain scenes. Some viewers and critics have said they were
disappointed with the casting but I admire the job that Rebecca did for
film. Okay, she's not Jodie Foster as far as being an actress is concerned
but Foster couldn't exude sexuality like this if her life depended on it
either. I thought it was believable that her character could manipulate
Nicholas the way she did. How could he not? She was a combination of
sexuality and vulnerability inside a very smart and devious mind. And for
film called "Femme Fatale" you had better find an actress that is smart
utterly beautiful at the same time. I found her performance to be bold and
brave. DePalma uses each shot to send signals relating to the story. It
sounds like a very difficult shoot because each scene has so much meaning.
He doesn't have cameras following characters for nothing. Each shot has a
reason. The details to this filming are enormous and difficult. DePalma
again shows us the attention to details of his complex artistry. If your
of those shallow film watchers that only views films from the incredible
mediocrity of Hollywood than your probably going to be lost watching this
film. For the viewers that remember and care about risk taking when making
movies, than you can appreciate the effort made by DePalma. If you don't
like it, thats okay. But you should appreciate his effort and nerve as a