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Mea culpa (2014)

Franck and Simon are both good cops and partners. Simon has been troubled since he killed three in a drunk driving accident, but when Simons son witnesses a murder, and is hunted by ruthless killers, he's efficiently back.


Fred Cavayé


Fred Cavayé (scenario), Guillaume Lemans (scenario) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Lindon ... Simon
Gilles Lellouche ... Franck Vasseur
Nadine Labaki ... Alice
Gilles Cohen Gilles Cohen ... Pastor
Max Baissette de Malglaive ... Théo
Medi Sadoun Medi Sadoun ... Jacquet
Velibor Topic ... Milan
Cyril Lecomte Cyril Lecomte ... Jean-Marc
Gilles Bellomi Gilles Bellomi ... Andrei
Sacha Petronijevic Sacha Petronijevic ... Pietr
Pierre Benoist Pierre Benoist ... Boris
Alexis Manenti ... Slobodan
Tomi May ... Oleg
Sofia Essaïdi ... Myriam
Éric Bougnon Éric Bougnon ... Karl (as Eric Bougnon)


Franck and Simon are both good cops. They work as partners. But their lives take a tailspin when Simon, driving drunk, causes a tragic car wreck. A few years later, out of the police, he is forced to take matters into his own hands when his family is in danger. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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During bedtime for Théo his father Simon talks to him about his witness: First his top of pajama is lopsided, then it's straight again. See more »


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Full on action French thriller
4 April 2015 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Vincent Lindon plays Simon who is an ex - police officer. Years ago he was dismissed from the gendarmes for causing a car accident whilst drunk. Since he was released from prison he has failed to reconnect with his estranged wife and ten year old son, It is as if a part of him died in the car crash too. He is now making a sort of living working for a security firm.

His old partner from the police - Franck (Gilles Lelouche) has stayed loyal to him, though Simon finds that hard to understand. Then a random incident puts the lives of Simon's son and wife in jeopardy. This turn of events brings the two friends back together to take on the bad guys and defend Simon's family.

The above is a simple synopsis and actually belies how well crafted this plot is. It is brilliantly directed and the actors are all excellent especially the main ones. It is both stylish and gritty at the same time. The tension is well ramped up and the mood is one that exemplifies the danger almost from the start. There is also a bull fight sequence here which may upset some people - so please take note. This is though a real edge of seat actioner that has a heart and a compelling story line - which makes it very easy to recommend this one.

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5 February 2014 (France) See more »

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