After growing up in a poor gypsy camp, Edmond Vidal, aka Momon, has retained a sense of family, unfailing loyalty and pride in his origins. Most of all, he has remained friends with Serge Suttel, with whom he first discovered prison life – for stealing cherries.
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A Gang Story's greatest hindrance is its under-length. It compacts what should be an epic-length film, and what could even be a mini-series, into a mere 102 minutes. While it has many grand ideas, epic scope, strong acting, and is most-of-all always engaging, there's the feeling that its dramatic and character arcs would be appropriately developed and more emotional had it a longer time to linger and dwell.
A 2011 French movie from director Olivier Marchal stars Gérard Lanvin as a retired crime boss who has to take up the gun again to keep a word of friendship turning the cops against him…. I have seen Gérard Lanvin in a negative support role before in À bout portant (Point Blank) and was impressed by his acting…. it was nice to watch him in a lead role….