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The Serpent


This Netflix/BBC collaboration is a limited series based on true events that happened in Asia in the mid-1970s. The Mauritanian’s Tahar Rahim stars as Charles Sobhraj, a French serial killer who robbed and murdered hippie travelers in Thailand and Nepal after seducing them with his exciting lifestyle, alongside his glamorous girlfriend Marie-Andree Leclerc (Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman). Authorities weren’t interested in investigating the disappearances of the tourists, except for a Dutch attaché named Herman Knippenberg (Dunkirk’s Billy Howle) and his wife Angela (Nocturnal Animals’ Ellie Bamber). The show has the gripping qualities of a British crime procedural, with the added visual interest provided by a globetrotting period setting. Unlike many other based-on-a-true-crime stories, The Serpent makes an effort to not glorify its murderous subject and treats his victims with respect.

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From Richard Roeper at Chicago Sun-Times:

…a fascinating, exotic, lurid period-piece true-crime story about a suave, identity-switching serial killer who makes Tom Ripley seem like an amateur. Full Review

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