Viper in the Fist

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date: February 18, 2005

Current rating: Rating: 3.62
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Cast: Jules Sitruk, Catherine Frot, Jacques Villeret, William Touil, Pierre Stevenin, Wojtek Pszoniak, Cherie Lunghi, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Annick Alane


Young Jean Rezeau lives a happy life during the 1920s with his older brother Freddy at their grandmother's home. But when their grandmother dies, they have to return to their parents, who live in another country with a third son, Marcel. Quickly, Jean and Freddy realize that their mother, Paule, is an authoritarian and incapable of tender feelings.

She dominates her husband Jacques, a dreamer impassioned by the study of flies. Faced with their family's precarious financial situation, Paule imposes various deprivations and drudgeries on her children. Her cruel behavior incites Jean to carry out a rebellion.

Director: Philippe de Broca
Studio: Zephyr Films Ltd.
Producer(s): Philippe Liégeois, Jean-Michel Rey, Olga Vincent
Screenplay: Philippe de Broca, Olga Vincent
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