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The Serpent's Kiss (1997)

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Young Dutch landscape architect Meneer Chrome comes to a remote English estate where Thomas Smithers lives with his wife, Juliana. Smithers is determined to leave as his legacy a fabulous ... See full summary »

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Meneer Chrome
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Juliana
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Thomas Smithers
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James Fitzmaurice
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Thea / Anna
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Mr. Galmoy
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Pritchard
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Physician's Assistant
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Young Dutch landscape architect Meneer Chrome comes to a remote English estate where Thomas Smithers lives with his wife, Juliana. Smithers is determined to leave as his legacy a fabulous garden, to be carved from a wild patch of land beside his home. Chrome receives written instructions from his unseen master via a secretary, and the master is Juliana's cousin, Fitzmaurice, who had romance with Juliana when they were young and plans to make Thomas bankrupt via setting up extravagant garden and to make Juliana come back to him. Written by Anonymous

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11 December 1998 (Portugal)  »

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A kígyó csókja  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Ewan McGregor met his best friend Charley Boorman while making this movie. See more »

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Chrome: You're sick, she's not. Heal your damn self!
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A beautiful story, but not for the average viewer
13 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As an independent period flick, the movie supports a decent set and accurate costumes. The acting is, more or less, well done (Ewan McGregor is, as usual, brilliant, Carmen Chaplin made a smashing debut, and the rest of the cast was easy to watch).

The plot of the movie, however, must be watched carefully, or you'll miss the subtle dynamics of the characters, and the beautiful undertones of the themes. If you go into it with expectations, you'll be disappointed. While the main love story is not at all original, I can't see this movie being a box-office hit, or at all popular with main-stream viewers.

I guess the main thing you need to know when going into this movie is, while the plot is an important factor, the real reason I would give for watching it is to see the wonderful way the characters interact with each other. Like so many independent films, The Serpent's Kiss relies on its script and characters more than events and elaborate sets.


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