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Year: 2002
USA: Warner Bros
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Peter Coyote, Gregg Henry, Rie Rasmussen, Eriq Ebouaney, Edouard Montoute, Thierry Fremont, Eva Darlan, Sandrine Bonnaire, Olivier Albou, Emilie Châtel, Chloe Cremont, Leonardo De La Fuente, Henri Ernst, Dorothee Grosjean, Salvatore Ingoglia, Gilles Jacob, Ada Marmion, Yves Marmion, Daniel Milgram, Justine Renard, Pascal Silvestre, Beata Sonczuk-Ben Ammar, Stephen Van Nukerk, Driki Van Zyl, Regis Wargnier
Director: Brian De Palma
Country: USA
USA: 110 mins
USA Rated: R for strong sexuality, violence and language
USA Release Date: 6 November 2002


Evocative filmmaker Brian De Palma, the stylish director of the sexy thriller BODY DOUBLE and the blockbuster action film MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, brings his uniquely edgy and sinuous FEMME FATALE to the silver screen as its both writer and director.

Cool precision and venomous beauty entwine in the striking figure of Laure Ash (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), a woman who can only be expected to do the unexpected. A master of manipulation and guile, Laure plays a crucial role in a sultry jewel theft and then abruptly leaves her life of crime - and her bloodthirsty cohorts - behind her.

In a surreal transformation, Laure refashions herself in the guise of a respectable married woman with a high-profile political life and soon captures the attention of Nicolas Bardo (Antonio Banderas), a soulful ex-paparazzo mesmerised by the elusive and enthralling adventuress. Attracted to the enigmatic Laure but serving an agenda of his own, Nicolas shatters her carefully crafted world with one shutter click of his seditious camera.

Suddenly exposed to the world and vulnerable to her enemies, Laure is determined to use her considerable assets - and Nicolas' voyeuristic instincts - to reinvent her identity and once again escape her past. But as she ensnares Nicolas in her calculated seduction, Laure finds her quest for revenge complicated by their mutual attraction.

Now that Nicolas has revealed Laure to the public, can he uncover who she really is before the inescapable threads of fate thrust them on a collision course between life, death, love and regret? Or will Laure's nightmarish schemes destroy her only chance for redemption?

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