Le Serpent (The Snake)

2006

Le Serpent (The Snake)

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85%

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Total Count: 13

69%

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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 believes the photographer caused during childhood. The revenge takes the form of a model who falsely accuses Mandel of rape and then turns up dead in the photographer's car - making him the number one suspect. At the same time, Plender begins to inveigle himself into the confidences of Mandel's unsuspecting family. Barbier also authored the screenplay, adapting a novel by Ted Lewis (Get Carter). ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Le Serpent (The Snake)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2)

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

    Sep 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Sep 14, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

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

    Sep 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Tom Dawson

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Sep 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Not unwatchable, but a distinct let-down, since this crew surely had a more incisive movie in them.

    Sep 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • Disappointing French thriller, thanks to a ridiculous plot, overblown direction and some dodgy acting from Clovis Cornillac.

    Sep 14, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Le Serpent (The Snake)

  • Jul 19, 2009
    i'm fed up with writing the same things for every FRENCH movie i see. they are always solid, they are always splendid. this one is no different. i'm starting to get annoyed. i want to see a shit french film just to prove that french film-makers aren't infallable. if you want a reference point for this movie it's kinda like the original cape fear, only not in all ways, just some
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2008
    a very gripping french thriller!!
    AndY B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2008
    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.
    Brian D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2007
    I like French Movies. Most of the Comedies. But this was wow something different. No lol its not a Comedy Duh. Though I m used to see Pierre Richard with Gèrard Depardieu playin those Comedy Movies. This Movie is very close to psycho-thrillers from Hollywood.
    Lilo C Super Reviewer

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