Les Misérables

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Certificate15
Year2019
GenreDrama
DirectorLadj Ly
WritersLadj Ly, Giordano Gederlini, Alexis Manenti
LanguageFrench
CountryFrance
Running Time1HR 44MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonMain Programme

Paris is a cauldron of fury hovering near boiling point in director Ladj Ly’s equally thrilling and terrifying Academy Award-nominated and Cannes-winning drama Les Misérables.

Inspired by real-life riots in the city, the film follows Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), a police officer from the provinces who moves to Paris to join an anti-criminality brigade in a notoriously violent banlieue. Teamed with new colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), Stéphane begins to discover that a complex power structure exists between the police and the residents they patrol. However, when one arrest gets out of control and a drone captures the encounter, the officer’s “special” methods are threatened with exposure.

Filled to the brim with heart, spirit and anger, Ly’s Les Misérables emulates its predecessor La Haine (screening at QFT from 11 September) by highlighting injustice and brutality with a mature confidence. This is an exhilarating and engrossing ride.

“A galvanising debut… With Les Misérables Ly delivers a passionate protest on behalf of an entire generation, whose future has largely been foreclosed. His, on the other hand, is astonishingly bright.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

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