Les misérables


Rafael 3 Fri, Oct 11, 2019 8:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Sat, Oct 12, 2019 2:15 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Resist Revolt Reform
Running Time:102 min.
Director:Ladj Ly
Producer:Toufik Ayadi
Christophe Barral
Screenwriter:Ladj Ly
Alexis Manenti
Giordano Gederlini
Cinematographer:Julien Poupard
Editor:Flora Volpelière
Cast:Damien Bonnard
Alexis Manenti
Djebril Zonga
Issa Perica
Steve Tientcheu
Jeanne Balibar
Print Source:Amazon Studios
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


In this explosive debut feature, race and class tensions come to a head when a trio of police officers in the poverty-stricken Parisian suburb of Montfermeil are tasked with returning a kidnapped lion cub to its rightful (and ferocious) owner. On his first day on duty in a new district, Stéphane (Damien Bonnard, Staying Vertical) joins brash trigger-happy Chris (co-screenwriter Alex Manenti) and his partner Gwada (Djebril Zonga) as they patrol the racially divided streets of their beat. When members of a touring Roma circus accuse the local Muslim Brotherhood of kidnapping the cub, the three officers investigate, setting off a chain reaction that culminates in an astounding cinematic showdown and conflagration that will take your breath away. Using the famed Victor Hugo novel (originally set in Montfermeil) as a blueprint for a blistering portrait of contemporary France, Ly expanded his César Award-nominated short of the same name (using largely the same cast and crew) for his first narrative feature, which won a Jury Prize at Cannes.

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Director Ladj Ly