Le Serpent

  • 15
  • Eric Barbier (2006)
  • Fr (SUB)
  • 121 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Thriller starring Yvan Attal and Clovis Cornillac. A photographer is manoeuvred into a web of blackmail and murder by a vengeful former classmate.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Eric Barbier

Other Information

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

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