The Serpent's Kiss
|The Serpent's Kiss|
|Directed by||Philippe Rousselot|
|Written by||Tim Rose Price|
|Running time||104 minutes|
The Serpent's Kiss is a 1997 film directed by Philippe Rousselot. It is a story about a Dutch garden architect named Meneer Chrome (Ewan McGregor) who has been hired by a wealthy metalworker (Pete Postlethwaite) to create an extravagant garden. The film also stars Greta Scacchi and Richard E. Grant.
Thomas Smithers (Postlethwaite), who has made his fortune in metalwork, hires Meneer Chrome (McGregor), a famous garden designer, to create the most extravagant garden imaginable out of his wild property. However, Chrome has already been employed by Fitzmaurice (Grant), the cousin of Smithers' wife Juliana (Scacchi), for the purpose of bankrupting Smithers. Fitzmaurice's purpose in this is to take back Juliana as his lover, but she becomes attracted to Chrome, who is falling in love with Anna, the Smithers' mysterious daughter. Anna, however, is contemptuous of Chrome (and, indeed, of everyone she meets, filtering them and everything else around her through the poems of Andrew Marvell); her parents subject her to numerous "treatments," thinking her mentally unstable and wishing to cure her. These treatments cause Chrome to pity her, outbursting to the doctor at one point, "You're sick, she's not! Heal yourself!"
As the garden grows increasingly more complex and Smithers approaches bankruptcy, Fitzmaurice realizes that Chrome's affection for Anna is making him a liability; first he threatens to reveal Chrome's true identity to Smithers, then he plots to kill him by poisoning. Fitzmaurice's plan backfires, however, and he falls victim to his own poison. Juliana abandons her adulterous intentions, which her husband remains unaware of, and turns to support Smithers, who is bankrupt from his garden project obsession. Chrome, revealed to be the real Chrome's assistant, goes to the sea with Anna, where she throws away her book of poetry.
- Ewan McGregor as Meneer Chrome
- Greta Scacchi as Juliana
- Pete Postlethwaite as Thomas Smithers
- Richard E. Grant as James Fitzmaurice
- Carmen Chaplin as Thea / Anna
- Donal McCann as Physician
- Charley Boorman as Secretary
- Gerard McSorley as Mr. Galmoy
- Britta Smith as Mrs. Galmoy
- Susan Fitzgerald as Mistress Clevely
- Pat Laffan as Pritchard
- Rúaidhrí Conroy as Physician's Assistant
- Henry King[disambiguation needed] as Lead Reaper
Beginning of a Friendship
This film also marks the start of Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor's long running friendship that would eventually lead to their trip 'round the world: Long Way Round and is referenced in the documentary.
- "Festival de Cannes: The Serpent's Kiss". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-23.