I'm back on the Little White Lies bandwagon! And, true to form, here's me being snarky about French crime flick A Gang Story. Personal achievement in this one? Slipping in the verb 'to mope'.
French crime cinema seems to be enjoying quite a renaissance of late, with a rich vein of gritty and stylish dramas such as A Prophet, Mesrine and Carlos finding success outside of the country’s protectionist cultural borders. In a similar timeframe, writer-director Olivier Marchal has been churning out morally ambiguous, sporadically violent crime flicks that have drawn on his own experience as a cop, peaking with 2004’s César-nominated, Depardieu-starring 36.
Marchal’s new film, A Gang Story, is based on the true story of an infamous stick-up gang that worked the Lyon region in the ’60s and ’70s. In the present day, gang leader Momon Vidal (Gérard Lanvin) seeks a peaceful life in which to grow old, raise a family, and, in his case, develop a tasty combo of bronzed tan and immaculate facial hair. Such peace, however, is disrupted when Serge (Tchéky Karyo), Momon’s unpredictable former colleague, crawls out of the woodwork and brings with him snooping cops, vengeful crooks and long-repressed memories of their youthful capers.
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