Les Misérables

Les Misérables
Set in the same part of Paris as Victor Hugo’s famous novel of the same name, we follow a policeman from the provinces who has moved to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil. He discovers an underworld where the tensions between the different groups mark the rhythm. He gets involved in a complex case involving a stolen baby lion. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe, is France’s official entry to the Oscars, and has numerous other nominations and awards. In French language with English subtitles.

102 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Violence, Prejudice).
Crime, Drama, Thriller, On the art circuit
I hate tourist season in Paris...
I hate tourist season in Paris...


Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djibril Zonga, Issa Perica, Al-Hassan Ly, Steve Tientcheu, Almamy Kanouté
Ladj Ly
ScreenplayLadj Ly, Giordano Gederlini, Alexis Manenti
CinematographyJulien Poupard
EditingFlora Volpelière
Made in2019
Produced byA consortium of European companies

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreBlack comedy
LanguageFrequent strong impact demeaning language.
ViolenceStrong Impact realistic psychological violence.
PrejudiceInfrequent mild impact prejudice against black people.
Drug abuseNone
CommentsContains scenes of Criminal Techniques and Imitative Acts and Techniques.
The material contains complex and mature moderate impact themes which are presented in a context of a crime drama genre. Themes are negative which explore street culture with gang warfare, impoverished community, street kids thieving, lies, betrayal, disappointing acts by police officers failing the society, police brutality, corrupt police officials, collusion to commit crime, attempted murder, criminal activities, violent protests, riots and attacks, tempering with incriminating evidence by police officers, revenge and taking law into own hands. Positive themes include regret for wrong doing, teamwork, fighting over crime, being disciplined and children fighting for their rights. Positive themes do not mitigate the negative themes in the film because there are no positive resolutions. The film end with creating solutions of dealing with crime by using criminal activities. Issa revenges bad policing by not reporting the matter to their seniors but by committing a life threatening crime himself. This is by mobilising other teenagers to a violent revolt which could lead to murder. The violent revenge and revolt by teenagers is psychological, emotional, distressing and morally harmful likely to be imitable by children in any community. Themes cannot be suitable to children under 16 whom cognitively may be immature to comprehend such acts in context.
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USA MPAA rating

R: Restricted
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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

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Tomatometer quote iconLes Misérables transcends its unwieldy story with compelling ideas and an infectious energy that boils over during a thrilling final act.

What the People say

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Average .. 78%



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