the plot is interesting but both the acting (especially the second roles) and the footage have big weaknesses 3/5
Underrated at maximum level. A great technical subtile experience. Class. Full of life. Sick, sad, modern. Full of sound and odours. Great falling sensation.
you can see this was enjoyable for De Palma to make. unfortunately I can't say the same about my viewing experience
Upon second viewing (first one being over ten years ago) I do find a good deal to retain from the film yet a certain degree of dissatisfaction that it was not as "great" as I thought I had remembered it being. Still, I think De Palma improved the crux theme of what ended up being the main draw of Fritz Lang's "The Woman in the Window" by not making mere plot dismissal. Rebecca Romijn is surprising, very believable.
The plot is the least interesting thing. I'm wondering if the audience manipulation really does add up to something.
One of the most underrated movies ever.
Genius from the moment we see Romijn's naked reflection in the perilous depths of Double Indemnity. Is Femme Fatale illustration of the mise en abyme of De Palma's whole oeuvre?
Technical virtuosism alone doesn't make a movie. Directing actors and developing coherent and interesting stories sure aren't de Palma's qualities. The only good movies he's made that I've watched are Carrie, Body Double and Dressed to Kill. Everything else goes from meh (Carlito's Way, Casualties of War, Mission Impossible, Blow Out) to disastrous (Scarface, Sisters, The Fury, The Untouchables, The Black Dahlia).
Enjoyed this wonderful homage to Hitchcock very much.
i remember watching this film back then in cinema..one of the greatest experience in my fuckin' life..intoxicating..stylish and briliant cinematography as usual from Mr. De Palma.
I'm pretty sure this film was made just so DePalma could film two chicks making out. Total perv.
(Re)watched it for the first time in a while and enjoyed it as much as every other time. Very inventive and appeals to both the high brow...and the low. Sort of a guilty pleasure but all the more fun because of it.
More homage from De Palma, this time to Hitchcock and film noir in general, but it is just such an irresistible thriller that I can't help but have fun every time I watch it. This one continues to grow on me and reinforces the fact that De Palma has made some very good movies in the last decade, regardless of critical reception.
Seen for the third time last night. Between tow homages to Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma uses with maestria dreams and their traps to deceive the audience. The film is best seen several times in order to notice all the clues the director strews the images of FEMME FATALE. Recommended.
this movie seduced me right from the first scene, a homage to Double Indemnity (in my opinion the best film noir). Then, towards the end, it got me with that double ending!
A great film for the opening scene alone.
Extremely interesting and hugely entertaining demonstration of the powers that a movie wields over its audience. I will definitely be revisiting this one many times.
A bit mental but a DePalma classic all the same