France, 2019, 103 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Ladj Ly, Rated R, French with English subtitles, Amazon Studios
“What makes Les Misérables such an immersive experience is the crackling sense of authenticity that is the film’s birthright.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
France has won the World Cup. Summer has arrived. It should be a good day. Ladj Ly’s explosive Cannes Jury Prize - winning debut feature begins here in Montfermeil, the same banlieue of Paris where part of Victor Hugo’s chef d’oeuvre on the downtrodden of Paris took place. A century and a half later, Ly picks up on the thematic threads of the great writer in a modern take on revolution against a broken system. During a time of rising nationalism and right-wing politics in France, Ly’s film further reverberates with an urgency, as this isn’t merely a portrait of a community: it is a study of a nation on the brink. Les Misérables is a nominee for Best International Feature Film at this year's Academy Awards.
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