DVD Review: A Gang Story
Edmond Vidal, aka Momon, grew up in a poor gypsy camp. He was bullied at school, only making one friend, Serge Suttel. Later in life Serge would help set Momon’s path to a life of crime, after being arrested for the drunken theft of a box of cherries. After prison, they both get sucked into the world of organised crime, before hitting out on their own, becoming the most notorious robbers of the early 70’s. Then in 1974, a police operation rounds up the whole gang, one of whom rolls over and they all spend a lengthy time inside.
Today Momon is approaching 60, he has well and truly retired from his previous ‘business’ and is more interested in his wife Janou, children and grandchildren. He is at peace with his life and very happy to boot.
But then Serge Suttle, whose life of crime never abated, only move country, arrives back into his life, and things start to get interesting, and dangerous.
Dark and bloody, this French crime caper is a roller-coaster ride that jumps back and forth through time, following the rise of Momon and his side-kick Serge. From robberies to revenge killings, A Gang Story certainly has the action to keep you interested, and being based on a true story, has the interest to boot.
It’s also pretty stylish, and director Olivier Marchal keeps everything tightly wrapped up – what could have easily been a TV mini-series – into a nice tight 98 minute package.
Rating: R18 Violence and offensive language.