Les Misérables

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France | 2019 | 103 minutes | Ladj Ly

September 28, 2019

French Cinema Now

This drama borrows the suburban setting, and the police aggression, of Victor Hugo's classic novel while documenting the struggles of its present-day Muslim community.

Not quite an update of Victor Hugo's classic novel, this gripping and grounded procedural does however probe the tensions between Paris' anti-crime police and the poor Muslim population in the French suburb of Montfermeil in the present day-where little has changed in the 150 years since Hugo first characterized the strife he saw through his bedroom window. Winner of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize.

  • Original Language Title: Les misérables
  • Director: Ladj Ly
  • Principal Cast: Damien Bonnard, Djebril Zonga, Jeanne Balibar, Alexis Manenti, Steve Tientcheu
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Screenplay: Alexis Manenti, Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes