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Le Serpent (The Snake)

Le Serpent (The Snake) (2006)

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Gallic writer-director Eric Barbier borrows Hitchcock's old premise of an innocent unjustly accused of lurid and brutal actions - with all evidence pointing inconveniently to him - for the Parisian-set thriller Le Serpent. Yvan Attal stars as Mandel, a slightly introverted photographer careening toward an ugly divorce from his affluent German wife. Back into his life waltzes Plender (Clovis Cornillac), a psychopath obsessed with obtaining vengeance on Mandel for a long-ago trauma that he

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2)

Not unwatchable, but a distinct let-down, since this crew surely had a more incisive movie in them.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Disappointing French thriller, thanks to a ridiculous plot, overblown direction and some dodgy acting from Clovis Cornillac.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The film isn't much like recent examples of torture porn. It's too stylish for that.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The story came from Get Carter's source author, English crime writer Ted Lewis, but the venomous sophistication and serpentine inner logic are French.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Taut, stylish French thriller, based on a novel by Ted Lewis.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It's slick, efficient, tough-nosed film-making, enmeshing our hapless hero more and more tightly in its narrative coils. Only a matter of time, surely, before Michael Douglas shows up in the remake.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A penchant for silliness and a tabloid-ready storyline mean The Serpent is a decent thriller that loses some of its impact as it unfolds, but remains a well-paced and enjoyable film.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A mite overblown, but no less enjoyable for it - and guaranteed to get a Hollywood re-jig.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

You will be thrilled all the way through Le Serpent, and once the final credits roll, you will be awed by the muscular solidity of its construction.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: musicOMH.com
musicOMH.com

The Serpent makes atmospheric use of its urban locations. But the more overblown the film becomes the less it engages our emotions.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

An occasionally effective and stylish piece of filmmaking, capturing both the gloss and grime of the best thrillers, and delivering the odd shock as well.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Director Eric Barbier's thriller is an ambitious affair, full of writhing storylines, switchback narrative and a terrifically vile villain in the form of Clovis Cornillac.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

An appropriately serpentine plot makes for an engaging thriller. It's a shame then that the final showdown is so daft.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Le Serpent (The Snake)

Almost brilliant in every way. This is a very well written storyline of conspiracy, framing, revenge, brought to life by two brilliant performances by Yvan Attal and Clovis Cornillac, the chemistry of which between the two was totally fascinating.

I am surprised that there hasn't been a Hollywood remake of this, not that it could be bettered, but it's the usual type of film that would be remade by Hollywood.

The best Thriller I've seen in a while.
May 5, 2010
76Majikat

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French thriller that just don't get better than this.Murder,blackmail,bad guy and an innocent man.All sum up to what your going to get for 2 hrs.Very enjoyable and truly gripping from start to finish.
September 2, 2008
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