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The Serpent [2007] [DVD]

Yvan Attal , Pierre Marzin , Eric Barbier    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Yvan Attal, Pierre Marzin, Clovis Cornillac, Pierre Richard, Simon Abkarian
  • Directors: Eric Barbier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In2film
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CD3PCE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,596 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sinuous, twisty French thriller. Opportunistic thug Plender (Clovis Cornillac) has a near-failsafe way of making money - identify a rich married man, send in a beautiful woman, take photos and demand payment. But when Plender meets up with an old schoolmate, fashion photographer Vincent (Yvan Attal), the scale of his operation suddenly expands, as does the extent of the damage done. The two men have a history, and Plender feels his old friend owes him a considerable debt.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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 accuses Mandel of rape and then turns up dead in the photographer's car - making him the number one suspect. At the same time, Plender begins to inveigle himself into the confidences of Mandel's unsuspecting family. Barbier also authored the screenplay, adapting a novel by Ted Lewis (Get Carter). ...The Serpent ( Le Serpent ) ( The Snake )

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Sinister 5 Mar 2008
By Mart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A dark and sinister psychological thriller is the best description of The Serpent. Despite being subtitled, this doesn't detract from the suspense for much of the tension is visual, thanks mainly to the convincingly sane but ever-increasingly insane Joseph Plender, old school acquaintance of leading role Vincent Mandel.

The plot follows that of many other films, with the underlying theme of blackmail intertwined with the complications of divorce, sex, revenge, child abuse and more.

Much has already be made of the comparisons with `Get Carter', written by the same author as The Serpent, and the merits of the (few) actors there are in this film, but for me it was a perfect late night thriller, sometimes predictable, but always enjoyable, and at times genuinely sinister and disturbing.

Don't analyse it too much, just enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get Plender 24 Feb 2008
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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French thriller Le Serpent is a long gestating adaptation of Get Carter author Ted Lewis' seedy 70s blackmail thriller Plender. A British adaptation was in development for years before this French version finally reached the screen in 2006, but it's good enough to wipe away some of the aftertaste of the Get Carter remake. It's not quite as seedy as the book and loses the flashbacks that drive much of the novel but it translates surprisingly well to the other side of the English Channel and the present day.

Yvan Attal is Vincent, a photographer going through a messy and very hostile custody battle with his rich wife, aggravated by their sharing the same house, who gets set up in what initially appears to be a honeytrap involving a model. When an ill-advised second meeting with her (not the only unlikely plot development dependent on the character's stupidity by any means) ends up very messily, he finds old school friend, private investigator and blackmailer Joseph Plender literally crashing back into his life, disposing of the evidence and worming his way into Vincent's wife's confidence and setting about destroying his life. But it's not money he's after. He doesn't even want what Vincent has - he just wants Vincent to have everything taken away from him...

There are a few bumps - for the sake of moving the plot along quickly it's absurdly easy to find out certain pieces of information about characters, while an early photo-session scene doesn't convince - but for the most part this is a satisfying late-night thriller, largely due to a very convincingly malignant Clovis Cornillac as Plender. While at times it's possible to recognise the schoolboy that Vincent barely tolerated in him, there's a focussed and highly efficient rage behind his blank face and hooded eyes.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, intelligent thriller 23 Feb 2008
By The Penguin VINE VOICE
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I got this DVD this morning and thought I'd have a quick look and see if it was promising before looking again tonight. I have just finished watching it and I have to say that this is a lesson in how to make a thriller. The acting is tight and thoughtfully realised and the story, with so many absolutely grim aspects moves apace, never letting the viewer wallow in what has been revealed.

The settings are reminiscent of 36 Quai des orfervres and the exposure to the French judicial system is also similar, I read now that it is from the same writer as "get carter" - which is interesting as the unremitting story of revenge in there, but this is no simple French remake of the Caine classic.
I must recommend this title as there is every risk that, like 36 Quai des orfervres that it will be siezed by an American studio and remade, losing much of the subtelty that is so well done by the French.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gripping 2 Aug 2010
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Had to have this film after watching it on TV, despite the fact that I normaly avoid subtitled films like the plague.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Note Worthy Film 4 Mar 2008
By Andrew Kerr TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Serpent, is a French thriller that's ripe with revenge, action, and violence. It follows the seemly picture perfect life of Vincent Mandel, a photographer with a beautiful wife and two children. However we soon find that his life is anything but ideal. Poor Vincent is being framed for rape and murder, and things are just getting started.

Thankfully, The Serpent is simply subtitled and not dubbed (if there one thing I hate about foreign films, its poorly dubbed productions with no concept of audio/visual sync.) The plot has actually been done really well, and has obviously carefully been thought-out. There are a few nail biting moments throughout especially as the pace intensifies further in the film. This is the sort of film that's guaranteed to get your attention and keep you entertained. The atmosphere and tone created are nothing less than perfect, giving you a real impression of danger and the hate portrayed from one of the characters.

There are also some good special features included that add to the entertainment factor. The Serpent offers everything you could possibly want from a film of this genre.

Unfortunately there are a few problems with The Serpent that robbed it off a five star award, several elements of the plot seem rather unlikely and unbelievable. The beginning of the film is quite slow, which will put some people off, and personally I feel that the acting from Yyvan Attal (who plays the main character Vincent) leaves a lot to be desired. And with most thrillers, the ending (however good) is rather predicable.

But despite a few small failings, The Serpent is still a note worthy film, compelling enough for me to recommend it to you as I doubt it will disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
This is a very good item and its great value for the money and I would recommend this item to everyone
Published 4 months ago by hilda greenall
5.0 out of 5 stars good thriller
very good film. Any film with Olga Kurylenko in it is good. Good storyline with good back up actors too. Good thriller
Published 7 months ago by james braidwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Utter suspense!
Tense from the start. Wonderful gripping film. You soon forget you are reading subtitles. Powerful, grabs you and absorbs you!
Published 11 months ago by D. Miles
1.0 out of 5 stars bonkers plotting so too difficult to suspend disbelief
Apparently this film is based on true events in which case you might have to wonder if the human race is doomed based on the behaviour of the central character. Read more
Published 12 months ago by gerryg
4.0 out of 5 stars The Serpent
Story was not what I expected. However, it was not entirely unpleasant. Was not the best film I have seen but okay.
Published 15 months ago by micradriver
5.0 out of 5 stars best film I have seen for a long time
I cannot rate this film highly enough.I don't want to go into all the details as I would spoil the plot. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by madeira
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This was yet another great film in the international film section.would highly recommend.Well worth a watch.Look forward to my next one.
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by Derek Mulryne
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Thriller with a Twist
This movie will have you holding your breath. It's a thriller with a twist, creepy and cringing in places (not horror !!) Very good indeed. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by TheFrog
5.0 out of 5 stars Le Serpent
This film is excellent, even, in my opinion, better than "Get Carter" ( both books are by the same author). Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by Brownwood
4.0 out of 5 stars French thriller than feels like a British film
I don't think that this is as good as something such as Mesrine, but this film has a degree of grit and style about it which takes the film several notches over other attempts by... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2010
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