This is no Broadway smash-hit musical: Ladj Ly's Les Misérables takes the patriotic connotations of the titles and frames a story of violence and injustice in the French capital, as police officers knock heads with a group of young kids in the aftermath of France's historic win at the 2018 Football World Cup.
The film premiered in Cannes last year, and took home the Jury Prize – and later went on to stand as France's entry for the 2019 Oscars (over fan favourite Portrait of a Lady on Fire).
Les Misérables tells a searing story of conflict and reputation in contemporary society, portraying specifically one fatal day opposing a small team of police officers dealing with a local theft.
The premise brings to mind past stories of fear and respect when it comes to the authority of the police, such as Of Monsters and Men and When They See Us in particular. The film is based on the short film of the same name, also directed by Ly, and builds on the anger exposed there.
While this is the first feature directed by Ly, the stakes are already sky-high, and Les Misérables looks to offer a vital watch to gain insight into the shift power balances that affect everyone, whichever country they might find themselves in.
Don't miss Les Misérables when it reaches UK cinemas on 24 April.
|What||Les Misérables: Ladj Ly directs incendiary French portrait|
24 Apr 20 – 24 Apr 21, TIMES VARY
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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