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The Serpent (2006)

Le serpent (original title)
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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Eric Barbier

Writers:

Eric Barbier, Ted Lewis (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvan Attal ... Vincent
Clovis Cornillac ... Plender
Pierre Richard ... Cendras
Simon Abkarian ... Sam
Minna Haapkylä ... Hélène
Olga Kurylenko ... Sofia
Gérald Laroche Gérald Laroche ... Becker
Jean-Claude Bouillon Jean-Claude Bouillon ... Max
Veronika Varga ... Catherine
Pierre Marzin Pierre Marzin ... Carbona
Michaël Moyon Michaël Moyon ... Sertis
Julien Dubois Julien Dubois ... Mathieu
Manon Tournier Manon Tournier ... Juliette
Éric Naggar Éric Naggar ... Le Juge d'instruction
Catherine Davenier Catherine Davenier ... Madame Le Juge
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Storyline

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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Thriller

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 January 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Snake See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,960,041
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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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Referenced in L'arène de France: Episode dated 3 January 2007 (2007) See more »

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A good Noir Film
14 January 2007 | by doctorruggerSee all my reviews

A short comment to express all the pleasure I've had watching this film. Actors are very good; specially Cornillac who gives a disquieting credibility to his character, but Attal is impressive too in the role of the "not so good" hero. Barbier enjoys to revivify all our inner terrors (dark, death, madness ...) and sets the end of his film in a particularly spooky place. I regret I haven't read the book of which the film is inspired but I am sure the quality of the scenario is no wonder. I am pleased to see that the French can venture in a genre that we leave generally to the American cinema. I hope this film will be received worldwide with all the success it deserves.


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