A Gang Story

Synopsis: 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. The two of them inevitably got involved in organized crime. The team they formed, the Gang Des Lyonnais, made them the most notorious armed robbers of the early 1970s. Their irresistible rise ended in 1974 with a spectacular arrest. Today, as he nears 60, Momon would like to forget that part of his life. He has found peace by retiring from the "business". He tends to his wife Janou, who suffered so in the past, and to his children and grandchildren, all of whom have great respect for this man of simple and universal values, so clear-headed and full of kindness. But then Serge Suttel, who has disowned nothing of his past, comes back into the picture.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Olivier Marchal
Production: The Weinstein Company
  1 nomination.
102 min

We all dream of the same things...

A nice quiet life...

A happy family, a house...

Friends you can count on...

I was lucky:
I got all that.

And more...


Gerard Lanvin

Tcheky Karyo

Daniel Duval

Lionnel Astier



Olivier Marchal

Aged 20, I didn't know it,

but it's already too late.

Your fate is set.

I 'd neglected my dad's advice .


Being decent,

not talking a lot,

or straying from your path .

Except it doesn't work that way...

Your past's your flesh and blood.

And in the end it drags you down.


son of the living God,

we beg You to hear us out.

Most Holy Father,

without Your help

we're all sinners.

We pray You to make us,


of the heavenly


You made for us

since the Creation.

By this first sacrament,

that you receive today,

you enter the world

of the baptized.

The Lord rejoices,

and promises

to watch over you,

for your whole life.

May this child remain,

in our eyes and forever,

a gift from heaven,

and like the earthly love,

that beg at him,


to grow and grow.


Lilou's not here. How come?

She's fetching her kid at school.

She'll join us at your party.

You OK?

Remember, we're due at Momon's.

Why are you here?

I heard of your problems.

I don't need you, Dad.

Don't believe that crap.

Who's this man, Mom?

Your grandpa.

I got a safe place for you.

Police! Freeze!

Let go of him!

Gimme your wrists!

Let him go!

Get up!

You f***ers had to bust me here?

We're dumb cops, Serge.

We just obey.

Let's go!

Why act cute, Serge?

You'll die of old age

in jail, forgotten .

Unless Zerbib

gets you killed inside.

Your only hope is to snitch on him.

Rat on him, and he'll get life.

Forget it, Lt. I won't blab.

What do you think?

Momon'll bust his ass

to get you out?

Gypsies don't belong here!

And you stink. Beat it!

Your mom don't make you wash?

Rat faces don't have a mom!

I mean you, rat face!

Let him go, creeps!

I'm Serge Suttel. And you?


Momon won't lift a finger.

Code of honor, solidarity.

All that's over.

He's an old fart who drinks

and plays cards in his bar.

April 1964

He looked like my dad...

A crate of cherries! Pull up, Serge!


Grab the onions, too.

Want an onion?

You dumb-ass!

Who decided to steal the goods?

Wasn't theft, we were drunk.

Which of you two?

It was me.

They're juicy!

Size of your balls, eat some!

But I got two!

To you that's fine?


Taking what isn't yours.

Come on, eat 'em!

- Drive!

Whoever takes something not his,

is guilty of theft.

That's French law.

And French law applies to everyone.

Even those of your race.

We're not a race, we're a people.

You'll both go to jail for 6 months.

You'll have time to think it over.

For those cherries?

For those cherries, yes.

As you wish, Serge.

But think fast:

tomorrow's too late.

Once you're inside,

I can't help you.

Raise your arms!

Open your mouth!


Pants down!

Shorts too!

Turn around.


Serge worked for thugs

paid by Roland Zerbib.

As go-between

with his Spanish suppliers.

He crossed them,

and got on their hit list.

That's why he beat it back to Lyons.

Now they'll waste him like a dog.

With Zerbib's contacts in jails,

he's a goner.

So what do we do?

Hit the jailhouse with bazookas?

Serge made 2 mistakes:

crossing Zerbib and dealing dope.

He looked for trouble, and got it.

You're saying that?

Yes, I am.

Momon, he's our pal.

OK he goofed, but we gotta act.

We'll act.

We get him a top lawyer

and bribe the guards

to protect him round the clock.


There's guys out front.

- I'm coming.

I didn't want them

to miss the party.

But Serge won't be able to come.

Serge who?

On the run for 13 years.


It was 13 years outside.

How'd you find him?

Want the names

of the cops who nabbed him, too?

By screwing everyone,

he made enemies.

Got a message for him?

You playing mailman?

Who's he?

Brauner, the new Crime Squad boss.

We'll deal with that too.

You knew what your dad did?

No, Momon.

That's your scene, not mine.

The cops did that to you?

Was it Carlo?

A wife-beater isn't a man.

Say the word, I'll have

your hubby's hands cut off.

Come along.

You OK, kid?

He nice to you?

See, you're not scared any more.

He's a good doggie.

He's my best friend!

You're sad?

Wait, you got us.

Don't mess with other men's wives

on my turf, OK?

We're just talking, Momon.

Thanks for the dough.

Son, it's so the kid lives well,

and doesn't have

to do like Grandpa.

But I love his grandpa,

he's the only dad I wanted.

Go ask Mom to dance.

Think you'll wow me this way?

It worked the first time.

You smell good.

What's your name?


You like kids, Janou?


You want some?

Some day, maybe.

First I gotta find their dad.

You've found him.

I mean it.

I saw you and said, that's her.

You use that scam often?

- It's the first time.

I want you for life.


Those are just words.

My word's my bond.

Ask around.

What'll you do for Serge?

What he'd have done for me.


Nothing violent, Janou.

You have my word.

It'll all be legal.

You should go to bed.

It's late.

Hi, Momon.

Gimme a light.

Things OK, Tony?

They're in the back.

But I was tailed, dunno by who.


- I doubt it.

I'll handle it.

Momon, things OK?

- Yeah.

Lawyer says it's shitty.

Serge's headed for the Arles pen.

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Olivier Marchal

Olivier Marchal (born 14 November 1958) is a French actor, director, screenwriter, and a former policeman. In 2005, he was nominated for three César Awards (best director, best film and best writing) for his film 36 Quai des Orfèvres. He also created the popular French television police drama Braquo and wrote and directed some episodes in its first season (2009). more…

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