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Les Misérables (2020)

1h 44m Drama 2020

Don’t tune in to excepting musical numbers or a 19th century setting, but this gritty urban thriller does share the themes of vengeance and social injustice with the titular novel, and is set in the same Parisian district. Inspired by the Paris riots of 2005, it follows three cops as they patrol the suburbs crime ridden estates, their corrupt and aggressive methods adding another layer of antagonism to the already volatile dynamic as various gangs jostle for power. When a moment of unnecessary violence from the cops against a black teenager is caught on camera, the tension reaches a flash point. Following events this summer, the scenes of civil unrest among largely immigrant communities feel urgent and insightful in a film that recalls 1995 arthouse hit La Haine, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and landmark TV series The Wire.


Ladj Ly







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