Stéphane (Damien Bonnard, Staying Vertical), has recently joined the Anti-Crime squad in Montfermeil, a sensitive district of the Paris projects. Paired up with Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), whose methods are sometimes unorthodox, he rapidly discovers the tensions between the various neighborhood groups. When the trio finds themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone begins filming every move they make.... Full synopsis »
On its own, Les Misérables is an absorbing little movie, even if it feels a bit too much like Training Day with more overt political messages and less fascinating characters (there’s no Denzel chewing up scenery here). While the film does a great job of depicting the combustible powder keg that is Paris’ outskirts, none of the characters are particularly likeable, even the lead (sole?) protagonist played by Damien Bonnard.
The experience is riveting in the moment but not one that stays with you much after. Good, but ultimately a bit disappointing. Full movie review »