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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The film's dream conceit is alluded to in the use of the poster advertising ''Deja Vu'' where Creator/RebeccaRomijn is depicted as a sleeping model.


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* OnceMoreWithClarity: In the scene in which Laure's ex-accomplices kill a woman who was with her, it is hard to figure out who she is due to the characters in the scene being framed from the waist down. The scene is repeated at the end, [[spoiler: when it's revealed that most of the film was a dream by Laure,]] and there is revealed that she was [[spoiler: Veronica, the woman Laure stole the diamonds from at Cannes, revealing in turn that she had been Laure's partner all along.]]

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In the scene in which Laure's ex-accomplices kill a woman who was with her, it is hard to figure out who she is due to the characters in the scene being framed from the waist down. The scene is repeated at the end, [[spoiler: when it's revealed that most of the film was a dream by Laure,]] and there is revealed that she was [[spoiler: Veronica, the woman Laure stole the diamonds from at Cannes, revealing in turn that she had been Laure's partner all along.]]
** The same scene also replays Laure making out with Veronica, except this time it focuses on a detail that most likely was missing to the viewer: [[spoiler:While Laure is making out with the naked Veronica, she takes the diamond "clothing" off and puts it on the ground...and then picks it back up and hands it to Veronica, and pushes the fake back out to her (supposed) partner, while Veronica slides the real one behind her. This all actually happens in plain view the first time, but (as the director rather gleefully points out in the commentary) the audience was probably too distracted to notice.
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* ToplessnessFromTheBack: A lying in bed variant; Laure is introduced watching television topless, with her being shot from behind.

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* ToplessnessFromTheBack: A lying in bed lying-in-bed variant; Laure is introduced watching television topless, with her being shot from behind.


* BaitAndSwitch: At one point during her make-out session, Laure pulls out a pair of scissors at Veronica and starts running it across Veronica's face, who understandably freaks her out. It turns out that she was just going to use them to cut the straps of her frame-dress to undress her (and also to steal the diamonds of the frame).

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* BaitAndSwitch: At one point during her make-out session, Laure pulls out a pair of scissors at Veronica and starts running it across Veronica's face, who understandably freaks her out. out since it seems that she's about to attack her. It turns out that she was just going to use them to cut the straps of her frame-dress to undress her (and also to steal the diamonds of the frame).frame).
* ButchLesbian: Rather ironically given that the film's title most certainly refers to her, Laure sports this look at the beginning of the film, having a toned physical appearance and short haircut while seducing Veronica.



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* NextStallShenanigans: {{Exploited|Trope}}. The opening heist involves female thief Laure seducing a woman in a bathroom stall, slowly dropping her jewelry as she undresses her. Unbeknownst to the woman, Laure's accomplice is hiding in the next stall, deftly switching out her jewels for lookalikes.


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* HoneyTrap: Laure seduces Veronica to steal the jewels on her dress. She also later seduces Bardo and gets him to help her by doing so, then kills him when he's of no more use.

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* HoneyTrap: Laure seduces Veronica to steal the jewels on her dress. She also later [[spoiler: seduces Bardo and gets him to help her by doing so, then kills him when he's of no more use.]]


* AsHimself: French actress Sandrine Bonnaire appears at herself at the Cannes Film Festival; the woman from whom Laure stole the diamonds attended the screening of a real life film of Bonnaire's, ''East/West''.
* BaitAndSwitch: At one point during her make-out session, Laure pulls out a pair of scissors at the woman and starts running it across the woman's face, who understandably freaks the woman out. It turns out that she was just going to use them to cut the straps of her frame-dress to undress her (and also to steal the diamonds of the frame).

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* AsHimself: French actress Sandrine Bonnaire appears at herself at the Cannes Film Festival; the woman from whom Laure stole the diamonds attended Veronica attends the screening of a real life film of Bonnaire's, ''East/West''.
* BaitAndSwitch: At one point during her make-out session, Laure pulls out a pair of scissors at the woman Veronica and starts running it across the woman's Veronica's face, who understandably freaks the woman her out. It turns out that she was just going to use them to cut the straps of her frame-dress to undress her (and also to steal the diamonds of the frame).



* DiamondsInTheBuff: The diamonds Laure steals in Cannes are part of a metal frame that a woman wears as the top of her dress. It ''just'' about manages to cover her up.

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* DiamondsInTheBuff: The diamonds Laure steals in Cannes are part of a metal frame that a woman Veronica wears as the top of her dress. It ''just'' about manages to cover her up.



* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Laure steals the diamonds from the woman at Cannes after seducing her and while in the middle of a heavy make-out session. [[spoiler:Also, a critical plot point.]]
* HoneyTrap: Laure seduces the model with the jewels on her dress to steal them. She also later seduces Bardo and gets him to help her by doing so, then kills him when he's of no more use.
* IgnoreTheFanService: Laure's accomplices don't seem to get distracted by her being nude or making out with a woman as part of a heist. One of them listens to it quickly, but that's about it.

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* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Laure steals the diamonds from the woman Veronica at Cannes after seducing her and while in the middle of a heavy make-out session. [[spoiler:Also, a critical plot point.]]
* HoneyTrap: Laure seduces the model with Veronica to steal the jewels on her dress to steal them.dress. She also later seduces Bardo and gets him to help her by doing so, then kills him when he's of no more use.
* IgnoreTheFanService: IgnoreTheFanservice: Laure's accomplices don't seem to get distracted by her being nude or making out with a woman Veronica as part of a heist. One of them listens to it quickly, but that's about it.



* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler: After the ending reveals that the entirety of the movie's events after Laure entered Lily's home were a dream, and she spies Lily entering the home as before, this time she stops her from committing suicide.]]
* KarmicDeath: Laure's ex-accomplices kill a woman who was talking earlier with Laure at a café by throwing her into the path of a speeding truck. [[spoiler: After the reveal that most of the movie, including said scene, was AllJustADream, the ex-accomplices end up being the ones killed by the same truck in reality.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Pretty much all of Laure's problems in the movie are the result of her manipulating her accomplices, and her manipulating Bardo into helping her ends up not helping her in any matters.

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* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After the ending reveals that the entirety of the movie's events after from Lily killing herself and Laure entered Lily's home were taking her identity onwards has been a dream, and she spies Lily entering the home as before, this time she dream (and it ended in nothing but trouble for Laure), Laure stops her Lily from committing suicide.]]
* KarmicDeath: Laure's ex-accomplices kill a woman who was talking earlier with Laure at a café by throwing her into the path of a speeding truck. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After the reveal that most of the movie, including said scene, was AllJustADream, AllJustADream (and that the woman was Veronica, who was Laure's partner all along), the ex-accomplices end up being the ones killed by the same truck in reality.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: ManipulativeBitch: Pretty much all of Laure's problems in the movie are the result of her manipulating her accomplices, and her manipulating Bardo into helping her ends up not helping her in any matters.



* RewatchBonus: See DistractedByTheSexy above.
** There are also several hints towards [[spoiler:AllJustADream]]. Among other things, a recurring image of overflowing water.

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* RewatchBonus: See DistractedByTheSexy above.
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** As mentioned in DistractedByTheSexy, [[spoiler:while Laure is making out with the naked Veronica, she takes the diamond "clothing" off and puts it on the ground...and then picks it back up and hands it to Veronica, and pushes the fake back out to her (supposed) partner. Veronica meanwhile, slides the real one behind her.]] This all happens in plain view, but (as the director rather gleefully points out in the commentary) the audience was probably too distracted to notice.
** There are also several hints towards [[spoiler:AllJustADream]].the reveal at the end that [[spoiler:everything after Laure enters the tub in Lily's home is a dream]]. Among other things, a recurring image of overflowing water.


* DistractedByTheSexy: Done to ''the audience''. [[spoiler:While Laure is making out with the naked Veronica, she takes the diamond "clothing" off and puts it on the ground...and then picks it back up and hands it to Veronica, and pushes the fake back out to her (supposed) partner. Veronica meanwhile, slides the real one behind her.]] This all happens in plain view, but (as the director rather gleefully points out in the commentary) the audience was probably too distracted to notice.



* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Laure steals the diamonds from the woman at Cannes after seducing her and while in the middle of a heavy make-out session.

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* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Laure steals the diamonds from the woman at Cannes after seducing her and while in the middle of a heavy make-out session. [[spoiler:Also, a critical plot point.]]


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* RewatchBonus: See DistractedByTheSexy above.
** There are also several hints towards [[spoiler:AllJustADream]]. Among other things, a recurring image of overflowing water.


Seven years later, Laure (in her identity as "Lily") resurfaces in Paris as the wife of the new American ambassador to France. After arriving in France, a Spanish paparazzo named Nicolas Bardo (Banderas) takes her picture. The picture is displayed around Paris, and her ex-accomplices spots Bardo's photo. Now exposed to her vengeful ex-accomplices, Laure decides to manipulate Bardo into following through with a plan to save her own skin, and in the process, they begin a affair. But things become more and more complicated, not helped by Bardo having a crisis of conscience...

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Seven years later, Laure (in her identity as "Lily") resurfaces in Paris as the wife of the new American ambassador to France. After arriving in France, a Spanish paparazzo named Nicolas Bardo (Banderas) takes her picture. The picture is displayed around Paris, and her ex-accomplices spots spot Bardo's photo. Now exposed to her vengeful ex-accomplices, Laure decides to manipulate Bardo into following through with a plan to save her own skin, and in the process, they begin a affair. But things become more and more complicated, not helped by Bardo having a crisis of conscience...



* FemmeFatale: Well, duh. With a title like that, of course the main character is one. But there's a catch: The whole film is a {{deconstruction}} of this archetype: when Laure double crosses her accomplices, they don't care one bit about her pretty face and want her dead. [[spoiler:When she manipulates Bardo into following through with her plans, one would think that she would grow some genuine affection towards him and do an about face; instead, the moment he has a crisis of conscience and sabotages the scheme, she executes him.]]

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* FemmeFatale: Well, duh. With a title like that, of course the main character is one. But there's a catch: The the whole film is a {{deconstruction}} of this archetype: when archetype-when Laure double crosses her accomplices, they don't care one bit about her pretty face and want her dead. [[spoiler:When she manipulates Bardo into following through with her plans, one would think that she would grow some genuine affection towards him and do an about face; instead, the moment he has a crisis of conscience and sabotages the scheme, she executes him.]]



* IgnoreTheFanService: Laure's accomplices don't seem to get distracted by Laure making out with a woman as part of a heist. One of them listens to it quickly, but that's about it.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: The woman Laure steals the diamonds from at Cannes is... rather vocal when expressing her pleasure.

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* HoneyTrap: Laure seduces the model with the jewels on her dress to steal them. She also later seduces Bardo and gets him to help her by doing so, then kills him when he's of no more use.
* IgnoreTheFanService: Laure's accomplices don't seem to get distracted by Laure her being nude or making out with a woman as part of a heist. One of them listens to it quickly, but that's about it.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: The woman Veronica, the model who Laure steals the diamonds from at Cannes is... rather vocal when expressing her pleasure.



** Rebecca Romijn is introduced with ToplessnessFromTheBack, has a make-out session with a gorgeous woman, and goes through several types of lingerie through the film. She's also seen naked underwater, but dimly.
** The woman with whom Romijn's character has the make-out session, Rie Rasmussen, wears a dress that is DiamondsInTheBuff incarnate.

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** Rebecca Romijn as Laure is introduced with ToplessnessFromTheBack, has a make-out session makes out with a gorgeous woman, and goes through several types of lingerie through the film. She's also seen naked underwater, but dimly.
** The woman Veronica, the model who Laure makes out with whom Romijn's character has the make-out session, Rie Rasmussen, (Rie Rasmussen), wears a dress that is DiamondsInTheBuff incarnate.incarnate. She's later seen topless when Laure takes it off while seducing her (to steal the jewels).


* IgnoreTheFanservice: Laure's accomplices don't seem to get distracted by Laure making out with a woman as part of a heist. One of them listens to it quickly, but that's about it.

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* IgnoreTheFanservice: IgnoreTheFanService: Laure's accomplices don't seem to get distracted by Laure making out with a woman as part of a heist. One of them listens to it quickly, but that's about it.


* DrivenToSuicide: Laure's doppelgänger, Lily, commits suicide for unknown reasons, allowing Laure to take her identity to escape from her vengeful ex-accomplices. [[spoiler: After the ending reveals that the entirety of the movie's events after Laure enters the tub in Lily's home were a dream, she stops Lily.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: Laure's doppelgänger, Lily, commits suicide for unknown reasons, kills herself in grief over the loss of her daughter and husband, allowing Laure to take her identity to escape from her vengeful ex-accomplices. [[spoiler: After the ending reveals that the entirety of the movie's events after Laure enters the tub in Lily's home were a dream, she stops Lily.]]



* FemmeFatale: Well, duh. With a title like that, of course the main character is one. But there's a catch: The whole film is a {{Deconstruction}} of this archetype: When Laure double crosses her accomplices, they don't care one bit about her pretty face and want her dead. [[spoiler:When she manipulates Bardo into following through with her plans, one would think that she would grow some genuine affection towards him and do an about face; instead, the moment he has a crisis of conscience and sabotages the scheme, she executes him.]]
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: So Laure's ex-accomplices finally catch up with her and promptly throw her off a bridge to her seeming death... only for the entirety of the movie's events after Laure enters the tub in Lily's home to be revealed to have been a dream. Laure spies Lily entering the home as before, but this time stops her from committing suicide. Years later, a scene from earlier in the movie in which Laure was talking to another woman before the woman is killed by Laure's ex-accomplices happens again (it was part of the dream), and the other woman is revealed to be Veronica, the woman Laure stole the diamonds from at Cannes, who has been Laure's partner all along. Laure's ex-accomplices arrive seeking revenge, but they are killed by the same truck that killed Veronica in Laure's dream. Then, just as some in the audience are probably wondering if Bardo actually existed (as he only appeared in the dream scenes) is revealed to have been witnessing all these events, just like in the dream, and introduces himself to Laure, swearing that he has met her before, to which Laure replies "Only in my dreams."]] Confused yet? You're not alone.

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* FemmeFatale: Well, duh. With a title like that, of course the main character is one. But there's a catch: The whole film is a {{Deconstruction}} {{deconstruction}} of this archetype: When when Laure double crosses her accomplices, they don't care one bit about her pretty face and want her dead. [[spoiler:When she manipulates Bardo into following through with her plans, one would think that she would grow some genuine affection towards him and do an about face; instead, the moment he has a crisis of conscience and sabotages the scheme, she executes him.]]
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: So Laure's ex-accomplices finally catch up with her and promptly throw her off a bridge to her seeming death... only for the entirety of the movie's events after Laure enters the tub in Lily's home to be revealed to have been a dream. Laure spies Lily entering the home as before, but this time stops her from committing suicide. Years later, a scene from earlier in the movie in which Laure was talking to another woman before the woman is killed by Laure's ex-accomplices happens again (it was part of the dream), and the other woman is revealed to be Veronica, the woman Laure stole the diamonds from at Cannes, who has been Laure's partner all along. Laure's ex-accomplices arrive seeking revenge, but they are killed by the same truck that killed Veronica in Laure's dream. Then, just as some in the audience are probably wondering if Bardo actually existed (as he only appeared in the dream scenes) he is revealed to have been witnessing all these events, just like in the dream, and introduces himself to Laure, swearing that he has met her before, to which Laure replies "Only in my dreams."]] Confused yet? You're not alone.



** Rebecca Romijn is introduced with ToplessnessFromTheBack, has a make-out session with a gorgeous woman, and goes through several types of lingerie through the film.

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** Rebecca Romijn is introduced with ToplessnessFromTheBack, has a make-out session with a gorgeous woman, and goes through several types of lingerie through the film. She's also seen naked underwater, but dimly.


''Femme Fatale'' is a 2002 thriller mystery film directed by Creator/BrianDePalma, starring Rebecca Romijn and Creator/AntonioBanderas.

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''Femme Fatale'' is a 2002 thriller mystery film directed by Creator/BrianDePalma, starring Rebecca Romijn Creator/RebeccaRomijn and Creator/AntonioBanderas.


* IgnoreTheFanService: Laure's accomplices don't seem to get distracted by Laure making out with a woman as part of a heist, even if the latter expresses her pleasure ''very'' vocally. One of them listens to it quickly, but that's about it.

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* IgnoreTheFanService: IgnoreTheFanservice: Laure's accomplices don't seem to get distracted by Laure making out with a woman as part of a heist, even if the latter expresses her pleasure ''very'' vocally.heist. One of them listens to it quickly, but that's about it.


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''Femme Fatale'' is a 2002 thriller mystery film directed by Creator/BrianDePalma, that stars Rebecca Romijn and Creator/AntonioBanderas.

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''Femme Fatale'' is a 2002 thriller mystery film directed by Creator/BrianDePalma, that stars starring Rebecca Romijn and Creator/AntonioBanderas.


* IgnoreTheFanservice: Laure's accomplices don't seem to get distracted by Laure making out with a woman as part of a heist, even if the latter expresses her pleasure ''very'' vocally. One of them listens to it quickly, but that's about it.

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* IgnoreTheFanservice: IgnoreTheFanService: Laure's accomplices don't seem to get distracted by Laure making out with a woman as part of a heist, even if the latter expresses her pleasure ''very'' vocally. One of them listens to it quickly, but that's about it.

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