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Les Misérables  2019
Director:  Ladj Ly
Producer:
  Toufik Ayadi and Christophe Barral
Editor:
  Flora Volpelière
Music:
  Pink Noise
Screenplay:
  Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini and Alexis Manenti
Director of Photography:
  Julien Poupard
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Cast:
people1 Jeanne Balibar
spacer1 Damien Bonnard
spacer1 Alexis Manenti
spacer1 Steve Tientcheu
spacer1 Djibril Zonga
spacer1 Issa Perica
spacer1 Al-Hassan Ly
spacer1 Almamy Kanouté
spacer1 Nizar Ben Fatman
spacer1 Raymond Lopez
spacer1 Luciano Lopez
spacer1 Sana Joachaim
people1 Jeanne Balibar spacer1 Damien Bonnard spacer1 Alexis Manenti
spacer1 Steve Tientcheu spacer1 Djibril Zonga spacer1 Issa Perica
spacer1 Al-Hassan Ly spacer1 Almamy Kanouté spacer1 Nizar Ben Fatman
spacer1 Raymond Lopez spacer1 Luciano Lopez spacer1 Sana Joachaim
people1 Jeanne Balibar spacer1 Damien Bonnard
spacer1 Alexis Manenti spacer1 Steve Tientcheu
spacer1 Djibril Zonga spacer1 Issa Perica
spacer1 Al-Hassan Ly spacer1 Almamy Kanouté
spacer1 Nizar Ben Fatman spacer1 Raymond Lopez
spacer1 Luciano Lopez spacer1 Sana Joachaim

Synopsis:
France has won the World Cup. Summer has arrived. It should be a good day. Ladj Ly's explosive Cannes Jury Prize–winning (2019) debut feature begins here in Montfermeil, the same banlieue of Paris where part of Victor Hugo's chef-d'oeuvre on the downtrodden of France also took place. A century and a half later, Ly picks up the thematic threads of the great writer in a modern take on revolution against a broken system.

With an intense pace that doesn't let up, Les Misérables shifts among several groups that call this quartier home, including the local youth led by Issa (newcomer Issa Perica) and three policemen on the anti-crime brigade. The newest to these streets is the cop Stéphane (Damien Bonnard). While his plainclothes partners Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga) are more into playing at being cowboys, he approaches his job with an earnestness they have long lost. But quickly, and violently, their paths cross with Issa's and Stéphane learns that the regular rules don't apply. He must adapt — at any cost.

Review:
Shot on location and using many first-time actors, Les Misérables is an example of the work of an exciting new crop of French filmmakers the critic and author Claire Diao has dubbed the "double vague": directors who are audacious and diverse, and want to challenge traditional narratives of what it means to be French. 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.

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