Les Misérables (2019)

Les Misérables (2019)

Les Misérables (2019)

A drone captures an arrest gone wrong in this Cannes Jury Prize-winning French drama partly inspired by the civil unrest in Paris in 2005.

"Stephane, only just arrived from Cherbourg, joins the anti-criminality brigade of Montfermeil in a sensitive district of the Paris suburbs. Paired up with Chris and Gwada whose methods are sometimes 'special' he rapidly discovers the tensions between the various neighbourhood groups. When an arrest starts to get out of hand, a drone is filming every move they make." (Cannes Film Festival)

Winner of the Jury Prize (Ly), 2019 Cannes Film Festival
2019Rating: R13, Violence, offensive language & sexual references103 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent

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Reviews & comments

Stark, realistic, uncompromising cop and crime drama

Director Ladj Ly's brings the themes of Victor Hugo’s novel bang up to date in this gritty, modern French tale of Paris cops and gangs, corruption and twisted morality. It’s Training Day by way of La Haine with powerhouse performances, convincing characters and a gripping, twisting, unpredictable narrative that thrills, chills and holds a blood-splashed...

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

There is an insight, compassion and generosity of spirit here that most films saddled with the "gritty, urban thriller" tag never even aspire to. That Ly is capable of this maturity and confidence on debut is astonishing.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It's a vivid dissection of modern-day France's social ills that's juiced up with smart acting, tense standoffs and a nagging sense of despair.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The colossal conflagration becomes paradoxically less exciting, and the tang of black comedy vanishes when real bloodshed appears.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

For all its familiarity, Ly's film is executed with enormous confidence and energy, building up to an apocalyptic ending that delivers on a gradual build-up of nervous tension.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A gritty and fiery urban thriller underscored by scathing social commentary on the current state of the Paris suburbs, depicted here as a powder keg ready to pop.

Variety

Variety

press

Occasionally recalling the more urgent, ragged work of Spike Lee in its feverish, on-the-ground formal energy, "Les Misérables" is aptly galling as a study of everyday power structures tested and exploited to breaking point...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

[A] crackling police thriller partly inspired by the civil unrest that swept through Paris in 2005.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Though Chris' crass dialogue feels a little too scripted at times, and some of the real-life details about life in Montfermeil are clumsily introduced, the film largely succeeds in making us understand the dynamic of this place.

BBC

BBC

press

Ly's debut is certainly impressive.

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

There is an insight, compassion and generosity of spirit here that most films saddled with the "gritty, urban thriller" tag never even aspire to. That Ly is capable of this maturity and confidence on debut is astonishing.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It's a vivid dissection of modern-day France's social ills that's juiced up with smart acting, tense standoffs and a nagging sense of despair.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The colossal conflagration becomes paradoxically less exciting, and the tang of black comedy vanishes when real bloodshed appears.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

For all its familiarity, Ly's film is executed with enormous confidence and energy, building up to an apocalyptic ending that delivers on a gradual build-up of nervous tension.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A gritty and fiery urban thriller underscored by scathing social commentary on the current state of the Paris suburbs, depicted here as a powder keg ready to pop.

Variety

Variety

press

Occasionally recalling the more urgent, ragged work of Spike Lee in its feverish, on-the-ground formal energy, "Les Misérables" is aptly galling as a study of everyday power structures tested and exploited to breaking point...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

[A] crackling police thriller partly inspired by the civil unrest that swept through Paris in 2005.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Though Chris' crass dialogue feels a little too scripted at times, and some of the real-life details about life in Montfermeil are clumsily introduced, the film largely succeeds in making us understand the dynamic of this place.

BBC

BBC

press

Ly's debut is certainly impressive.

3.0

Stark, realistic, uncompromising cop and crime drama

Director Ladj Ly's brings the themes of Victor Hugo’s novel bang up to date in this gritty, modern French tale of Paris cops and gangs, corruption and twisted morality. It’s Training Day by way of La Haine with powerhouse performances, convincing characters and a gripping, twisting, unpredictable narrative that thrills, chills and holds a blood-splashed...

4.0