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The Serpent (2006)
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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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Vincent
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Cendras
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Sam
Minna Haapkylä ...
Hélène
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Sofia
Gérald Laroche ...
Becker
Jean-Claude Bouillon ...
Max
Veronika Varga ...
Catherine
Pierre Marzin ...
Carbona
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Bernard Bolzinger ...
Jean-Paul
Alain Cerrer ...
Médecin Pompier
Catherine Davenier ...
Madame le juge
Ursula Deuker ...
Margritt
Ingrid Donnadieu ...
Réceptionniste Danalogic
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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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19 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had read a brief review of this film and it was intriguing enough to get me to the cinema. There were only 3 of us in there and I felt people are missing out by missing this film. It was superbly acted. Maybe not enough people go to see subtitled films, hopefully that won't put people off this. There's parts they're not essential as the acting and shots are good enough to carry you through. I can see a Hollywood remake on the horizon which in a way is a big shame, but it would make a fantastic box office smash. Glad it was shown at my cinema on its own merits though. It's a great thriller and even if you feel there's no surprises (each to their own) it doesn't detract from a good tale well told. The only thing with the subtitles was a couple of spelling mistakes, one particularly made a totally different meaning.... apparently one character served in the 'Golf' War!


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