Le Serpent (The Snake)
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Le Serpent (The Snake)
Gallic writer-director Eric Barbier borrows Hitchcock's old premise of an innocent unjustly accused of lurid and brutal actions - with all evidence pointing inconveniently to him - for the Parisian-set thriller Le Serpent. Yvan Attal stars as Mandel, a slightly introverted photographer careening toward an ugly divorce from his affluent German wife. Back into his life waltzes Plender (Clovis Cornillac), a psychopath obsessed with obtaining vengeance on Mandel for a long-ago trauma that he believes the photographer caused during childhood. The revenge takes the form of a model who falsely… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not unwatchable, but a distinct let-down, since this crew surely had a more incisive movie in them."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The story came from Get Carter's source author, English crime writer Ted Lewis, but the venomous sophistication and serpentine inner logic are French."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"A penchant for silliness and a tabloid-ready storyline mean The Serpent is a decent thriller that loses some of its impact as it unfolds, but remains a well-paced and enjoyable film."
‑ Steve Watson, Film4
"The Serpent makes atmospheric use of its urban locations. But the more overblown the film becomes the less it engages our emotions."
‑ Thomas Dawson, BBC.com
"An appropriately serpentine plot makes for an engaging thriller. It's a shame then that the final showdown is so daft."
‑ James Dyer, Empire Magazine
"Disappointing French thriller, thanks to a ridiculous plot, overblown direction and some dodgy acting from Clovis Cornillac."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Taut, stylish French thriller, based on a novel by Ted Lewis."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"A mite overblown, but no less enjoyable for it - and guaranteed to get a Hollywood re-jig."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"An occasionally effective and stylish piece of filmmaking, capturing both the gloss and grime of the best thrillers, and delivering the odd shock as well."
‑ James Bramble, Little White Lies
"The film isn't much like recent examples of torture porn. It's too stylish for that."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It's slick, efficient, tough-nosed film-making, enmeshing our hapless hero more and more tightly in its narrative coils. Only a matter of time, surely, before Michael Douglas shows up in the remake."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"You will be thrilled all the way through Le Serpent, and once the final credits roll, you will be awed by the muscular solidity of its construction."
‑ Anton Bitel, musicOMH.com
"Director Eric Barbier's thriller is an ambitious affair, full of writhing storylines, switchback narrative and a terrifically vile villain in the form of Clovis Cornillac."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
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