Les Miserables

New York Times Critics' Pick
104 mins.
Directed by Ladj Ly
R
French with subtitles
2019
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Inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris, LES MISÉRABLES – directed by Ladj Ly – follows Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), a recent transplant to the impoverished suburb of Montfermeil, as he joins the local anti-crime squad.

Working alongside his unscrupulous colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), Stéphane struggles to maintain order amidst the mounting tensions between local gangs. When an arrest turns unexpectedly violent, the three officers must reckon with the aftermath and keep the neighborhood from spiraling out of control.


Nominated for Best International Film at the 92nd Oscars®.


"In recent years, politicians with far-right views like Marine Le Pen have spoken of 'the invasion of the migrants' and the need to make France 'more French.' The filmmaker Ladj Ly here has a blunt response: These people are France... Ly shows command of staging and shooting throughout, simulating documentary form while maintaining a tight grip on narrative coherence." Glenn Kenny. A New York Times Critic's Pick!