From smalltime hoodlums in the tough Belleville neighborhood to headline-grabbing robbers of the swankiest banks in Paris, for Simon and his gang, the only way was up. Capable of emptying a... See full summary »
I generally don't like this kind of movie: based on a true story. Because you get a misled view of a real event. The *reality* is often an excuse for a film to be weak.
Here, these rules are not broken.
The story is about the "gang des postiches"; its rise and fall. Gangster d'amour style.
The movie is oddly long for a french one: 2hrs. Oddly paced also: After a couple of bank burglaries, scenes move from one point to another without any warning, save for flashbacks which are B&W. Elusions are also used to a point where it s a bit confusing.
It is funny however to see the media coverage of the gang's activities: they are really from the real life newspapers and TV news. And they tend to be pro-gangsters. It seems so weird in those post 2k1 years.
Also, is enjoyable how the little mystery at the end of the movie is explainable with knowledge of real life french criminal news from 2k4