Femme Fatale

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Director
Brian De Palma
Runtime
1 h 54 min
Release Date
6 November 2002
Genres
Thriller, Crime, Romance
Overview
A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her.
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Crosswalk1
Cross Walk



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  • Femme Fatale
    Movies from Film Forum, 11/14/02Femme Fatale is the latest "erotic thriller" from the famous "Hitchcockian" director Brian De Palma. This film, which involves a beautiful and mysterious woman who tries to conceal her identity in order to hide from her enemies, is gaining high praise from De Palma fans for its style. But others, especially religious press critics, find it ludicrous and empty.Gerri Pare (Catholic News) says the film is an "empty exercise in voyeurism. Ultimately there are too many characterization loose ends and not enough substance to his truncated story. A more recent generation of filmmakers has unfortunately surpassed De Palma in terms of violence and shock factor, so his trademark endings no longer come as a surprise, even if we still never quite know how things will turn out."Phil Boatwright says, "De Palma is renown for imitating the Hitchcock method. Sometimes it works … sometimes it doesn't. With Femme Fatale, it works and it doesn't. Everything about the film seems repetitious, taking plot devices from past TV shows and films. The style suddenly is no longer an homage, but rather a rip-off. It does have a mesmerizing style but it is not a film you'll learn something from, nor will it elevate your spiritual growth." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-1'); }); Movieguide's critic calls it "a vile, slow-moving, confused, strange, artsy film … disjointed and slow-moving in many spots, and the protagonist is not even likeable."Mainstream critics argued intensely over the film, some praising De Palma's style while others bemoaned its lack of substance. Sean Axmaker (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) says "If there was any question before, Femme Fatale is proof that, when unleashed, Brian De Palma is utterly mad: cinema mad, set-piece mad, style mad. It's a beautiful madness. It's hard to call it thrilling—these aren't characters you actually care about and De Palma isn't as concerned with building tension as playing visual games—but it sure sparkles." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-2'); }); if (gptClientWidth >= 992 && gptClientWidth <= 1000000) googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-3'); }); Owen Glieberman (Entertainment Weekly) rants, "If you look hard, you can make out a story in Femme Fatale, but it has nothing to do with the senseless pileup of jewel thievery, shutterbug voyeurism, and leggy sex bombs so shallow and bad they seem to have come out of a 1978 copy of Hustler magazine. No, the story the movie tells is of Brian De Palma's addiction to the junk-calorie suspense tropes that have all but ruined his career. Once good (Scarface), even great (Carrie), he has become a director content to let his camera go through the motions." ]]>
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Christian Toto1
Hollywood In Toto



(Reviewers' Site/Bio)

  • De Palma’s ‘Domino’ Could Be His Worst … Ever
    (”Femme Fatale” is briefly mentioned in this.)
    DOMINO de palma review

    Brian De Palma’s “Domino” begins in Copenhagen, and for no apparent reason, in the barely-distant future of “June 10, 2020.”

    An investigation between two cops, Christian (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Lars

    The post De Palma’s ‘Domino’ Could Be His Worst … Ever appeared first on Hollywood in Toto.

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Armond White1
The National Review / OUT



(Reviewers' Site/Bio)

  • De Palma Regains His Power with Domino
    (”Femme Fatale” is briefly mentioned in this.)
    His new terrorist thriller comes to terms with moral and media decline.
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Kyle Smith1
National Review



(Reviewers' Site/Bio)

  • Am I a Partisan Hack?
    (”Femme Fatale” is briefly mentioned in this.)
    Frequently I hear the charge (lately aired in response to my review of “The Campaign,” about which more below) that I automatically like right-leaning movies and instinctively recoil at left-leaning ones. To quote Sam Alito: Not true. For instance. In 2009 I placed on my Ten Best List the left-wing Iraq War satire “In the Loop,” made by Armando Ianucci, a Brit filmmaker who despises George W. Bush and tears into Tony Blair, from the way-left. I tore into the right-wing “Act of Valor” and was unkind about a Sarah Palin hagiography (though I hasten to add that I like Palin and was saddened to see her essentially furnish a letter of resignation to the American political system, at least as an elected official). I gave a 3-star review to Brian DePalma’s harsh anti-Iraq War drama “Redacted,” though as a veteran myself I am probably more sensitive than the average to suggestions that all of our troops are rapist thugs. (And the movie didn’t actually make that case; it showed a few of the men going bad, but others were trying to stop them, and anyway I don’t see how one can disagree that war can have dehumanizing and alienating effects.) I think DePalma’s career has been an interesting study of the nature of seeing (certainly “Body Double,” “Femme Fatale” and “Snake Eyes” are) and the film has an interesting take on the way images and ideas of war (or other news events) come to us in fragments and through filters. True, I gave a tepid 2.5 star thumbs-up review to the somewhat amateurish “Atlas Shrugged” (as I did to Madonna’s “W.E.”) because in each case I thought the movies at least had a little bit of freaky energy, and my default state of mind at the movies is sludgy boredom. So today I was reading (the unabashedly left-wing) The Onion and, despite being a Mitt Romney supporter, I was laughing at this. Laughing, because it’s a clever observation that leads somewhere and has a degree of truth. Romney Stuck In Endless Loop Of Uncomfortable Chuckling I like Will Ferrell but sometimes he’s funny and sometimes he’s not. (Zach Galifianakis, I am increasingly convinced, has no talent.) “The Campaign” (see my review, which is written from the point of view of a somewhat dim politician) is half-assedly a left-wing film but that doesn’t bother me per se. When we say of comedy, “It’s funny because it’s true” we also mean “If it’s not true, it’s not funny.” There is a lot of inspiration for satirists in politics. So it’s amazing that there’s no truth to “The Campaign.” It doesn’t lead anywhere except to dumb-guy jokes. This guy’s got a fat mustache and talks in a girlish voice. This one’s so moronic he makes a campaign ad out of a sex video. Likewise, the movie’s portrayal of the Koch Brothers (“the Motch Brothers”) betrays no insight into what massive campaign ad spending does or can do (none of the campaign spending unleashed by these two doofuses would sway anyone who votes) nor is it a dead-on depiction of what capitalist libertarians believe or do. ]]>
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