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Le Serpent

Le Serpent

Eric Barbier (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A twisted and twisting French thriller based on Ted Lewis's novel Plender, director Eric Barbier's violent tale of manipulation, paranoia and retribution has a compelling film noir atmosphere and dark attitude. The shattered life of wealthy photographer Vincent (Yvan Attal) falls apart further when former classmate Plender (Clovis Cornillac) manoeuvres him into a web of blackmail and murder. With no one believing he's the target of a ruthless vendetta motivated by past misdeeds, Vincent's only chance to save himself is to find Plender's weakness - and very surprising it turns out to be. Attal convincingly essays a man with nothing left to lose, while Cornillac's disquietingly controlled rage provides a tense undercurrent whenever Barbier relaxes the suspense. The plot doesn't bear close scrutiny, but the fast pace, stylish direction and lead performances manage to paper over the cracks.


A disturbed man is obsessed with the belief that all the problems in his life stem from a childhood prank that went wrong, so he targets the boyhood friend he holds responsible - a wealthy self-absorbed photographer in the middle of a messy divorce - and sets about systematically ruining his life. Thriller based on the novel by Ted Lewis, starring Yvan Attal, Clovis Cornillac and Pierre Richard. In French.

Cast & Crew

Plender Clovis Cornillac
Vincent Yvan Attal
Cendras Pierre Richard
Sam Simon Abkarian
Max Jean-Claude Bouillon
Catherine Veronika Varga
Sofia Olga Kurylenko
Hélène Minna Haapkyla
Becker Gérald Laroche
Carbona Pierre Marzin
Director Eric Barbier
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Metrodome Guidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Released on: 14 Sep 2007


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