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Les Misérables (2019) (15)
(2019) In French with English subtitles.
Director: Ladj Ly
Starring: Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Zonga
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Social Justice
A cop from the provinces moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Monfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between different groups mark the rhythm.
This highly successful film was France’s shortlisted Oscar nomination for 2020. It is a gripping experience, tense and upsetting, showing how seemingly small events can balloon into something out of control. The story is haunted by the memory of the three week French riots of 2005 involving North African immigrant populations.
It is a normal day and three policemen, two experienced and one not, take on these small events.
What is at stake is issues of citizenship, which really means issues of belonging. Who “gets to” belong? Who “gets to” think of themselves as “French”?
Not to be confused with the novel and musical Les Misérables or the 2012 film version.
FILM SCREENING KINDLY SPONSORED BY THE BLACK SWAN, SWANAGE
The Rex Cinema