Les Miserables | Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Les Miserables

Genre Film

Tue 18 Jan 2022

Ladj Ly / France 2019 / 104 min / Cert 15 / Subtitles

This multi-nominated film, winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes, is based on real events. Right after France’s victory in the 2018 World Cup football, that unified this diverse country in celebration, the scene moves to a divided one in marginalised Parisian suburb Montfermeil (where the director Ladj Ly grew up). Tensions among the cops and within the various local factions run high. Themes of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables are echoed in this gripping, contemporary thriller that ends in a stunning climax. “It is the most incendiary crime film to emerge from French cinema since Mathieu Kassovitz's La Haine”, Kevin Maher, Times