Les Misérables (1995)
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Not a strict adaptation of the oft-filmed Victor Hugo classic, director Claude Lelouch's ambitious epic instead focuses on the story of two men, a father and a son, whose life stories bear striking similarities to Hugo's character Jean Valjean. The father is Henri Fortin (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a chauffeur (in 1900) wrongly accused of his employer's murder. Like Valjean, he is subjected to a harsh and unfair prison sentence. While Henri vainly attempts to escape his unjust fate, his family
Nov 3, 1995 Wide
May 21, 1996
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The family reads the Hugo novel aloud to him while they travel together, and apparently they all come to realize how much their lives are like great literature.
It's part of the magic Lelouch has worked that his story-of-all-stories theme matches the catch-all inclusiveness of his old-fashioned celluloid showmanship.
Aspectacular-looking film with those great settings and costumes that are a hallmark of French period films.
Exasperatingly overstuffed, the movie finally proves disarming (to a point) on spectacle alone.
Lelouch overworks this narrative scheme terribly: By reiterating his point and leaving nothing to our imagination, his cross-referencing shtick turns dull and belabored.
Belmondogives not just the best performance of this film but one of the best of his long and admirable career.
Arresting images, the timeless battle of good and evil and triumph over insurmountable odds combine to lend a worldly veneer to this three-hour epic. In terms of human destiny, it speaks volumes.
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