Netlfix’s The Serpent tells the chilling true story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim), who introduced himself as a gem seller in Bangkok and murdered vacationers on the Hippie Path in Southeast Asia throughout the ’70s. Nadine Gires (Mathilde Warnier) performed a pivotal function in serving to Dutch diplomat Herman Knippenberg (Billy Howle) construct a case in opposition to Sobhraj that finally led to his arrest.
As proven within the sequence, Gires and her husband, Remi Gires (Grégoire Isvarine), are neighbors of Sobhraj and Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman) whereas they’re dwelling at Kanit Home in Bangkok. Unaware that Sobhraj is a killer, Gires introduces him to potential purchasers, and most of the time, they find yourself as his victims. It is not till Gires helps Dominique Renelleau (Fabien Frankel) escape from Thailand that she discovers how harmful Sobhraj actually is. Gires and her husband then group up with Knippenberg to search out proof in opposition to Sobhraj within the hopes of getting him arrested. Gires goes undercover and sneaks into Sobhraj’s condominium to take images of articles left behind by the victims. After delivering this proof to Knippenberg, Sobhraj and Leclerc are arrested by police till they’re finally let go by a corrupt cop. Gires finally ends up returning to her dwelling in France.
Given the liberties Netflix took with the retelling of Sobhraj’s story, it is unclear which components really occurred and which have been dramatized for the display. Nevertheless, throughout the end-credits scenes, it is revealed that Gires and Remi have since returned to dwell in Thailand, although they’re now divorced. Gires runs a seashore resort within the southern a part of the nation, whereas Remi retired to the north, the place he grows tropical fruits to promote at markets. In an unique interview with The Mirror, Gires recalled meeting Sobhraj, saying, “Charles is a monster and I’m scared of him — I used to sleep with a baseball bat underneath my mattress. However I’ve to confess that once we first met, I suspected nothing and was taken in by his attraction . . . We would drink Coke and beer, speak about life — we appeared to have quite a bit in widespread. Once I came upon what he was doing to these folks I needed to act, or I’d not have the ability to dwell with myself.”
Sobhraj was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Kathmandu district courtroom in 2004, whereas Leclerc died of most cancers in 1984. “I felt sorry for Marie-Andrée as a result of she was a tragic and easy individual, not the film star we see within the sequence. And he or she was Charles’ prisoner. She informed me, ‘I’ve no passport, no cash and if I attempt to depart he’ll kill me,'” Gires stated. “When Charles was arrested I celebrated with a bottle of champagne. I do not really feel responsible as a result of I do know I did all the pieces I may to place a cease to the murders. And I can inform you it was a superb lesson. Now I’m very cautious with the folks I meet.”