With “Mea Culpa” in 2014, Fred Cavayé established himself as a very gifted director for directing action and suspense. A detective thriller with a classy cast since Vincent Lindon and Gilles Lellouche are the two headliners. And to put on the screen a sometimes spectacular action, the two actors gave of their person…
mea culp a muscular thriller for Vincent Lindon and Gilles Lellouche
In 2014, Fred Cavayé offers the detective thriller Mea Culpa a genre he knows very well and of which he has made himself a proud representative with all ready for her in 2008 and Point Blank in 2010. For Mea Culpa it brings together the first two roles of his two previous films, the actor’s Vincent Lindon and Gilles Lellouche. A first time together for the two actors, notably surrounded by Medi Sadoun, Gilles Cohen, and the young Max Baissette de Malglaive for the occasion.
Based on an original idea by Olivier Marchal, mea culpa follows the story of two fathers, cops, and friends, Simon and Frank. Following a road accident that kills two, Simon (Vincent Lindon) is convicted of manslaughter and loses everything he had built. Years later, Simon’s son, Theo, finds himself by an unfortunate coincidence witnessing a settling of accounts. A race against time then begins for the two men…
Injuries for Vincent Lindon and Gilles Lellouche
This nervous and muscular action whodunit was an opportunity for its actors to “do cinema” as Vincent Lindon expressed it, to return to an exercise in entertainment with this childish aspect, the good guys on one side and the bad guys on the other. But it was also an opportunity to strain, with demanding physical sequences that caused lots of injuries to Vincent Lindon, who like Gilles Lellouche wanted to perform the most stunts himself. This is how it is in front of the newspaper camera The world in 2014, that Vincent Lindon returned to the set of mea culpa.
We don’t have that much fun on set. It’s very, very, very physically demanding. I got a lot of injuries, strains on my calves, on my thighs. I even broke three ribs on set, I kept shooting with that. There are also all the firearms, which require terrible precision and concentration (…) and then the stunts which are very well prepared, you can take a bad hit and if you take a bad hit, the shooting is stopped.
Physical misadventures did not spare Gilles Lellouche either, who was a nice notch for the scene of mea culpa where he descends a rocky slope alongside a railway line… Evils for a good, since mea culpa found its audience and showed that French cinema could also offer uninhibited action.