Omar is not a name one would traditionally connect with French wines. That’s at least what too many of the other local winegrowers think; accordingly, they have tried their worst to get rid of him. Into the midst of this otherwise utterly ordinary bit of xenophobia in action stumble a bunch of South American drug goons, who promptly get themselves killed. The hit-man, physically not in great shape, needs a safe place to hide. Like Omar’s farm.
Éric Valette made some of the smartest, as well as gutsiest, crime movies made in France in recent years: the snidely smart political thriller Un affaire d'état can be found elsewhere in this programme, while the serial killer film La proie (2011) should be searched out by any upstanding cinephile. Le serpent aux milles coupures, now, is a true Valette masterpiece of socio-political circumspection and rule-savvy genre craftsmanship that shows how entertainment and enlightenment can still go hand-in-hand!

Filmmaker
Éric Valette
Premiere
World premiere
Country
France
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
104’
Language
French
Producer
Alexis Dantec, Raphael Rocher
Production Company
The French Connection, Capture the Flag Films
Sales
SND Films
Writer
Éric Valette, Hervé Albertazzi
Editor
Sébastien Prangère
Production Design
Catherine Cosme
Sound Design
Charles Autrand
Music
Christophe Boulanger, Mike Theis
Cast
Tomer Sisley, Pascal Greggory, Terence Yin, Stéphane Debac, Clémence Bretécher