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Viper in the Fist (2004)

Vipère au poing (original title)
Jean Rezeau and his elder brother were living happily in their family estate in Brittany, until the death of their grandmother. The return of their mother, a worthy descendant of fairytales... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Villeret ...
Jacques Rézeau
Jean Rézeau
Miss Chilton
L'abbé Traquet
Sabine Haudepin ...
Tante Thérèse
William Touil ...
Ferdinand "Freddie" Rézeau
Le père Volitza
Pierre Stévenin ...
Annick Alane ...
Mme Rézeau
Paul Le Person ...
Le père Létendard
Amélie Lerma ...
Dominique Paturel ...
M. Pluvignec


Jean Rezeau and his elder brother were living happily in their family estate in Brittany, until the death of their grandmother. The return of their mother, a worthy descendant of fairytales' witches, brings an all new atmosphere to their home. Written by morroviolet

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Release Date:

6 October 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Viper in the Fist  »

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€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,466,137 (France) (8 October 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Visa d'exploitation France # 106220 du 19-10-2004. See more »


Version of Viper in the Fist (1971) See more »

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Very good (8) but not as good as 70s version (10)
16 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Vipere au poing is one of the classics of French literature. It is studied at school, and I defy any person who starts to read it to finish it unscathed. It is the story of the relentless hate of a mother towards her children. It shows that the aim of her life is to destroy their spirits, to break their wills. And there is no happy ending, she really hates them.To be able to play this "tour de force" you need a first class actress. I admire very much Catherine Frot, but unfortunately for her, I had seen before a first version of this book, filmed for the French television in the 70s, and Mrs Sapritch made this role hers for life, at least for me. It did not stop me from also buying this film in DVD, as it is always interesting to see how two different set of actors, 30 years apart, manage around the same idea. So, my advice is see them both and make your mind up. Regretfully, the 70s version is only available in French and in region 2 (Europe) DVD.

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