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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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Jacques Villeret ...
Jacques Rézeau
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Jean Rézeau
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Miss Chilton
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Fine
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L'abbé Traquet
Sabine Haudepin ...
Tante Thérèse
William Touil ...
Ferdinand "Freddie" Rézeau
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Le père Volitza
Pierre Stévenin ...
Marcel
Annick Alane ...
Mme Rézeau
Paul Le Person ...
Le père Létendard
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Kitty
Amélie Lerma ...
Henriette
Dominique Paturel ...
M. Pluvignec
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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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€7,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,466,137 (France) (8 October 2004)
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Visa d'exploitation France # 106220 du 19-10-2004. See more »

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A travesty
4 November 2008 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

This is an appallingly inept film made by a production team who did not respect or even understand the source novel. It is a book about hate and poverty and pain. The whole point of the novel is that the mother corrupts the boy into being as slyly evil as she is. The director plays this as comedy! complete with dropped trouser gags, crass blue lighting, and ubiquitous crashes of thunder to complete the farce. The whole is completely miscast by a team of poor players who have the subtlety of sledgehammers. The film is full of crass moments which aren't in the book, such as the dreadful wink-wink wraparound. The ending has been changed! and made happy! Watch instead the 1971 version, which is true to the spirit and the themes of the original novel, with perfect settings and a magnificent cast, playing with the right amount of seething resentment and ripening rage. The only flaw with the 1971 film is that it is too short.


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