Le Serpent (The Snake)

2006

Le Serpent (The Snake)

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85%

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69%
Average Rating: 3.5/5

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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)

  • 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)

½

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.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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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.

Brian De Guelle
Brian De Guelle

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