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Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale

Brian DePalma's Femme Fatale is a heist movie, a double and triple cross thriller and a trashy display of a woman who uses her sexuality to get whatever she wants.

Model-turned-actress, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos stars as blond Laure Ash, a member of a group of thieves out to steal a diamond encrusted bra worn (or almost worn) by an actress attending the Cannes Film Festival.  In what must be the longest, drawn out heist, Laure distracts the actress with kiss in the ladies room while the rest of her inept clan attempts to avoid the security guards.

To escape, she heads to Paris and takes on the identity of a dark-haired French girl.  Seven years later, she ends up marrying the U.S. Ambassador (Peter Cayote) and successfully hides her past, until a Spanish paparazzi (Antonio Banderas) takes a picture of the new Ambassador's secretive wife.

Romijn-Stamos gets to stretch her acting skills by playing a character that goes through more personality changes than hair color change.

She plays a tough-as-nails lesbian thief, a sweet country girl, a mistreated society wife and a sadistic biker babe sex kitten.  The role surely must have read more interestingly on the script than it appears on film.

Banderas is underused here.  His main job is to be taken in by this exquisite woman he unfortunately crosses paths with.

DePalma uses a number of camera angles and split screen shots that enhance the Paris setting.  But, that doesn't help the confusing and silly plot, which appears to be only a backdrop to showcase Romijn-Stamos in various stages of undress.

 
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