a femme fatale

femme fatale

A mysterious and attractive woman who puts men in dangerous or compromising situations. James Bond is always able to see through the evil plot of the femme fatale.
See also: fatale, femme

(be) a ˌfemme faˈtale

(from French) a beautiful woman that men find sexually attractive but who brings them trouble or unhappiness: The movie follows the relationship between sexy femme fatale Suzy and young lawyer Jim, which eventually leads to a murderous crime of passion.
The meaning of the French expression is ‘disastrous woman’.
See also: fatale, femme
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I'm not attempting to impersonate a man at all, but the idea is to look at the desire and the fear of a femme fatale or a woman and the understandable pattern that everyone is caught up in.
15) Zhora's fetishistic second outfit--a bizarre armoured bikini, over-the-knee boots and a clear plastic trench coat--which she is wearing during her dramatic death, reinforces her status as a femme fatale.
A femme fatale, she sets the film's plot going by hiring detectives and working with and against them.
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The legitimacy of Horace's perceptions of Belle as a femme fatale is predicated on the fact that she never emerges as a subject.
The popularity of the association between women, snakes, and temptation even spread to the theatre where actress Sarah Bernhardt, a femme fatale in both her professional and private lives, portrayed characters such as Medea and Cleopatra.
His situation gets worse when he encounters a femme fatale who targets men guilty of a sex crime.
They match each other perfectly physically, Netrebko a dark, slim, slight beauty who can be girlish in one scene, a femme fatale in another; Villazon with a mop of dark hair and huge eyebrows, just an inch or so taller than Netrebko, and with all the wounded innocence of youth.
The kitsch figures of the Great Blacks in Wax Museum invade the painting galleries of the Walters Art Museum, and Melvin van Peebles, who appears as himself, is stalked by a femme fatale who traverses stereotypes of black power, blaxploitation, and black science fiction.
WHEN you've been the wife of a rock star it shouldn't be that hard playing a femme fatale.
In the 19th century she was transformed into a femme fatale and a courtesan "with a heart of gold," while 20th-century artists have emphasized the reformed prostitute motif.
Mandy, now a three-times married novelist with homes in London, Florida and France, is proof that being a femme fatale pays.
While Bree superficially demonstrates the qualities of a femme fatale, seducing and corrupting Donald Sutherland's staid detective, the film spends as much time considering her perspective as that of her paramour, even allowing us to observe her therapy sessions.
There's a femme fatale (Connie Nielsen, always a welcome screen presence), a drunken clown (Oliver Platt, over-the-top as usual, but pretty funny in spots), plenty of on-screen vomit, the ironic inclusion of Alvin and the Chipmunks and lots and lots of snow in a Midwest winter that is anything but a wonderland.