Les Misérables movie poster
B-
FilmJabber
NA
Users
YOUR RATING
A
B
C
D
F
Les Misérables
Les Misérables movie poster

Les Misérables (2019)

Crime Drama Foreign
103 min.
Release Date
January 10, 2020 (Limited)
Director
Running Time
103 minutes
MPAA Rating
Rated R for language throughout, some disturbing/violent content, and sexual references

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 »

MOVIE REVIEW

Capsule Review: When you watch Amazon Studio’s Les Misérables, France’s official selection for the 2020 Academy Awards, you at least sort of understand why the country opted to submit this police drama over the critically acclaimed Portrait of a Lady on Fire. It’s not that Les Misérables, which confusingly is not based on Victor Hugo’s book, is better than Lady on Fire—it isn’t—but its story, about corrupt policemen who attempt to cover up the near death of a child in the immigrant-heavy corners of Paris, is arguably a little more timely and more likely to resonate with Oscar voters.
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 »
B-
FilmJabber
NA
Users
YOUR RATING
A
B
C
D
F