Provocative, topical and powerfully told, Les Misérables is director Ladj Ly’s Cannes-winning, Oscar-nominated portrait of his neighbourhood of Montfermeil in the eastern suburbs of Paris, where Victor Hugo set his famed novel of the same name over 150 years ago. Stephane (Damien Bonnard) is new to Montfermeil’s Anti-Crime Squad, and disapproves of the brutal, bigoted methods of his more experienced colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga). When tensions between local gangs boil over, the trio find themselves in trouble when a drone captures an arrest gone badly awry, and threatens to expose their unethical policing.
Why You Should See This Film
Nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 2019 Oscars, and winner of multiple awards including the Cannes Jury Prize, Les Misérables is one of the most acclaimed films of the year. And rightly so, it brims with a raw and incendiary energy that burns long after the credits roll. Its comparisons to Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing are deserved, and much like that film, its themes of police brutality are more prescient than ever.
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- Year: 2019
- Rating: MA15+
- Director: Ladj Ly
- Cast: Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Zonga
- Duration: 104 minutes
- Language: French with English subtitles