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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 suffers, with his wife forced to raise their young son alone. The film jumps ahead several decades to show the adult life of this son (also Belmondo), a former boxer turned furniture mover who agrees to help smuggle a Jewish lawyer (Michel Boujenah) out of France during the Nazi occupation. Along the way, the lawyer reads to the younger Fortin from Les Misérables, and Fortin begins to imagine himself in the role of Jean Valjean, on the run from the obsessive Inspector Javert. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovimore
Rating: R (for violence, brief language and sexuality.)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
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On DVD: May 21, 1996
Warner Home Video


Jean-Paul Belmondo
as Henri Fortin, Jean V...
Michel Boujenah
as Andre Ziman
Annie Girardot
as Farmer's Wife
Antoine Duléry
as Crazy Type
Pierre Vernier
as Prison Boss
as La fille Ziman
Ticky Holgado
as Kind Hoodlum
as Tenardier
Jean Marais
as Mgr Myrie
Micheline Presle
as Mother Superior
Darry Cowl
as Bookseller
Daniel Toscan du Pla...
as Le comte de Villeneu...
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Critic Reviews for Les Misérables

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

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.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Aspectacular-looking film with those great settings and costumes that are a hallmark of French period films.

Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Lelouch overworks this narrative scheme terribly: By reiterating his point and leaving nothing to our imagination, his cross-referencing shtick turns dull and belabored.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

If it were shorter, we wouldn't know what misery really feels like.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The film is a wealth of incident: boxing matches, prison escapes, overland chases, a train robbery, high society, low crimes.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Les Misérables


A great adaption of Les Miserable to WW2.

Anthony Valletta

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