Film review: Mea Culpa

Film review: <i>Mea Culpa</i>

Director: Fred Cavayé
Cert: 15 Running time: 90 mins

A gritty tale of good and bad cops battling against criminals and the law, tragic circumstances and family threats, this certainly isn’t a ‘feel-good’ film. Shot in the grimy suburbs of Paris, the plot revolves around the drink-driving homicide committed by flic Simon (Vincent Lindon), which gradually unfolds through a series of flashbacks and candid exchanges. Having lost his job, served a prison sentence, and separated from his wife and young son, Simon’s existence is bleak.

When Simon’s family find themselves in danger, he must take matters into his own hands to provide protection. Violence, tension and car chases ensue – resulting in an expertly executed plot twist and ultimate catharsis.


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With a BA in French and History of Art from the University of Bristol, Florence spent a year living in Paris, studying Art History at the Sorbonne and working in publishing. She travels regularly back to France for both work and pleasure. Florence's passion for France revolves around its gastronomy, art and pleasure-seeking lifestyle, and the rebellious streak found only in a nation constantly looking for an excuse to go on strike!

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