Combustible Celluloid
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With: Rebecca Romijn (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Antonio Banderas, Peter Coyote, Eriq Ebouaney, Edouard Montoute, Rie Rasmussen
Written by: Brian De Palma
Directed by: Brian De Palma
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality, violence and language
Language: English, French with English subtitles
Running Time: 114
Date: 04/30/2002

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3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Cannes Do

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Brian De Palma returns in full delirious style with his best movie since Scarface, though its jarring ending has polarized critics and audiences. Still, no filmmaker alive can craft a movie with such potent, palpable style -- silent sequences, cross-cutting, split screen. And De Palma is still one of the most personal filmmakers out there, airing his demented need for voyeurism and duality in every film. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos plays De Palma's most interesting female character, ever, as a master thief who steals a collection of diamonds during the Cannes Film Festival, switches lives with a lookalike in Paris and tries to disappear with the aid of photographer Antonio Banderas.

Peter Coyote plays a poor dupe in her plan. Hilariously, the ultra-boring director Régis Wargnier appears as himself at the film festival, turning up for a showing of his ultra-boring movie East-West -- the antithesis of De Palma.

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