The Serpent's Kiss

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

A misbegotten attempt to ring changes on the British costume drama, former cameraman Rousselot's directorial debut tells of a landscape gardener (McGregor) tumbling into a snake's pit of deceit and deadly intrigue when he agrees to create a new estate for wealthy landowner Postlethwaite and his wife Scacchi. The film founders on stilted performances (Grant's death throes are spectacularly risible), conspicuously artificial set design, and dialogue - half 'literary', half colloquially contemporary (including inappropriate modern profanities) - that makes much of supposedly sophisticated metaphor but barely makes sense. And there's another problem: it's all too clearly derivative of The Draughtsman's Contract, comparison with which only makes Tim Rose Price's screenplay seem even worse.


Release details

110 mins

Cast and crew

Philippe Rousselot
Tim Rose Price
Ewan McGregor
Greta Scacchi
Pete Postlethwaite
Richard E Grant
Carmen Chaplin
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