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The Serpent's Kiss (1997)

R | | Drama | 15 May 1997 (France)
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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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Secretary
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Mr. Galmoy
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Mrs. Galmoy
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Mistress Clevely
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Pritchard
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
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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A kígyó csókja  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Never theatrically released in the UK. See more »

Quotes

Chrome: There's something missing.
Smithers: Missing?
Chrome: Yes.
Smithers: The bills lack nothing. Nothing missing from the bills.
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It's a nice movie but would have been better in a different form of media
4 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

This story is about a young, Dutch landscaper, Meneer Chrome (Ewan McGregor), who plans to create an extravagant garden for Thomas Smithers and his wife (Pete Postlethwaite and Greta Scacchi). His real plan or the real motive of this garden is to bankrupt Smithers so the not-so nice Fitzmaurice (Richard E. Grant) can seduce Smithers's wife. But Chrome begins having second thoughts about completing the plan after he becomes fascinated by Smithers's daughter Thea (Carmen Chaplin). I think people who have criticized this movie are far too harsh. I found it to have an excellent story with a talented cast. The performance that I felt most touched by was Carmen Chaplin's. Her struggle to find disorder in a world that wants to have order is an interesting element to the story. What I didn't like was the movie's pacing. I felt the message the movie was conveying that you can not control nature. I think this theme would have been better expressed in a short story or a short movie, not a feature length film. A part from that, I can sit through the hour and fifty minutes and feel glad that I saw this movie.


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