Mea Culpa

Mea Culpa

Fred Cavayé (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Fans of fast-paced action movies will find much to enjoy in this bruising thriller from promising French film-maker Fred Cavayé. It centres on the haunted figure of Simon (Vincent Lindon), a taciturn former cop whose old skill set is required when his little boy (Max Baissette de Malglaive) is targeted by a gang of murderous criminals. Deciding that attack is the best form of defence, Simon teams up with his loyal ex-partner (Gilles Lellouche) and takes the fight to them. The numerous chases and shoot-outs that follow are staged with finesse, and they boast an impressive sense of driving momentum, while the more emotional scenes benefit from the obvious talents of Lindon and Lellouche. The film is occasionally let down by moments that ring false (do mobsters automatically start shooting when cops enter nightclubs?) but Cavayé keeps things moving in such a way that it hardly matters.


A police officer leaves the force in disgrace after drunkenly causing an accident that killed three people. Years later, his son witnesses a crime and is targeted by gangsters. The boy's father turns to his old partner for help, and together they fight to bring down the crime syndicate. Crime thriller, starring Vincent Lindon and Gilles Lellouche. In French.

Cast & Crew

Simon Vincent Lindon
Franck Vasseur Gilles Lellouche
Alice Nadine Labaki
Pastor Gilles Cohen
Théo, aged 10 Max Baissette de Malglaive
Jacquet Medi Sadoun
Milan Velibor Topic
Jean-Marc Cyril Lecomte
Andrei Gilles Bellomi
Pietr Sacha Petronijevic
Director Fred Cavayé
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 5 Dec 2014