Fashion photographer Vincent Mandel, in the midst of a difficult divorce, is suddenly being accused of rape and extorted. What does his former classmate Joseph Plender want from him?

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Sam
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Becker
Jean-Claude Bouillon ...
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Veronika Varga ...
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Pierre Marzin ...
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Médecin Pompier
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A ruthless gang led by private detective Joseph Plender is extorting rich people and famous fashion photographer Vincent Mandel seems the next victim. He is married to Hélène, daughter of one of the richest people in Europe, but not quite happily. In fact the marriage is on the brink of a divorce and a judge is deciding who will take the two children. Can Hélène take them to Germany or will they stay with Vincent? Vincent has a lot on his mind and he improvises when model Sofia Kippiani comes to his studio, but his makeup crew doesn't show up. Before he knows it, he is accused of a rape. Things go worse and worse for Vincent, he sees his entire life slipping away and, most importantly, he might lose his children. But why does his former schoolmate Joseph Plender seek contact with Vincent and even solve a nasty problem for him? Does Plender want something more than money? Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Vincent's life is being destroyed. Now he must find out why.

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Vincent's lawyer tells him to "plea guilty". Until 2011, in France, only crimes punishable with no more than 5 years of jail were subject to the "plea guilty" procedure. After 2011, it has been extended to crimes punishable with 10 years of jail. Murder is not one of those cases. See more »

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Highly recommended
4 October 2010 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The Serpent is a very nice old fashioned film in the sense that it creates suspense from telling a very intricate story. I was at first sceptical if you can translate a Ted Lewis novel into France in the 2000s. But it worked really well. You keep wondering what is really happening and each time you think yoiu know the answer the story takes a new twist. The film is also very well made in terms of how it plays with our sympathies for protagonist and villain. It is just one of those films that keeps you drawing deeper and deeper into the story. The acting is superb with lots of gratuitous nudity by Olga Kurylenko. Visually the film is very well made with dark images, a great set and a very spooky final scene. So this film is well worth watching and shows what a timeless genius Ted Lewis was.


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