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Les Misérables

Panorama | Spotlight on France

Set in the same suburban Paris neighbourhood, Montfermeil, used by Victor Hugo as the location for the Thénardiers’ Inn in his Les Misérables, debuting director Ladj Ly’s urgent and incendiary police-thriller shows how seemingly ubiquitous police brutality in the banlieues leads to the inevitable hardening of the largely Muslim populations who live there. Contrasting a trio of cops on the Anti-Crime Squad - innocent newcomer Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), Gwada (former model Djebril Zonga), a black officer who is not above exploiting his position for personal gain, and loose cannon Chris (co-writer Alexis Manenti, superb), the racist de facto leader - with the locals, who seem to solve their many problems more easily when the police aren’t around, Ly immerses us in a world of poverty and internecine power struggles. When video images of young Issa (Issa Perica) taking a police flashball in the eye during a stand-off between police and a group of angry teens start making the rounds, the s*** hits the fan…

"A gripping and grounded procedural… Les Misérables vibrates with the kind of unshakeable verisimilitude that can only be earned through first-hand experience…" - David Ehrlich, IndieWire

Jury Prize (ex aequo), Cannes 19


Director Ladj Ly
Country of Origin: France
Year: 2019
Running Time: 102 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In French with English subtitles
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Cast: Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Zonga, Issa Perica, Al-Hassan Ly, Steve Tientcheu
Producer: Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral
Screenwriter: Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini, Alexis Manenti
Cinematographer: Julien Poupard
Editor: Flora Volpelière
Production Design: Karim Lagati
Music: Pink Noise
Production Company: SRAB Films
Distributor: levelFILM

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