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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?

Director:

Eric Barbier

Writers:

Eric Barbier, Ted Lewis (novel) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... 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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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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Original feeling, generic plot
21 November 2010 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

'Le Serpent' certainly starts well: a smart, stylish thriller with an intriguing set up and a skillful use of changes of pace. The cast are all excellent; and the cinematography captures a picture of modern, commercial Paris, not exactly run down but cold and devoid of charm. But for all its promise, it can't escape its generic (and essentially uninteresting) premise: that of one man pitted against an all-powerful psychopath, who cares about nothing except ruining the hero (but who eventually, to his own cost, prefers talking about his crimes to finishing them off). There are some similarities to 'Tell No One', another classy but ultimately implausible story.


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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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,836,641
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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