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Les misérables

R 1995 2h 57m Drama List
81% Tomatometer 21 Reviews 83% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In this inventive interpretation of Victor Hugo's oft-adapted tale, Henri Fortin (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is a man caught up in the turmoil of World War II. Charged with caring for a young Jewish girl named Elisa Ziman (Alessandra Martines), Henri later joins the French Resistance. As the story progresses, his life seems to parallel that of Hugo's hero, Jean Valjean, particularly when a police officer and former Nazi collaborator (Philippe Khorsand) sets his sights on Henri. Read More Read Less
Les misérables

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Claude Lelouch's Les Misérables takes some surprising liberties with the source material, proving a classic story often holds up regardless of how it's told.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader 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. Jan 15, 2008 Full Review Trevor Johnston Time Out 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. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times Aspectacular-looking film with those great settings and costumes that are a hallmark of French period films. Rated: 4.5/5 Aug 15, 2002 Full Review Fernando Gonzalez Miami Herald At the end it is [Lelouch's] underlying belief in simple decency -- and a smart dignified performance by Jean Paul Belmondo -- that redeems him It is only fitting. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 18, 2021 Full Review Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy Belmondogives not just the best performance of this film but one of the best of his long and admirable career. Rated: 7/10 Jul 3, 2013 Full Review TV Guide This is old-fashioned, tasteful European filmmaking. Rated: 3/4 Jan 15, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Aender S A story which has similarities to Victor Hugo's novel while also telling parts of the latter. Excellent film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 05/12/24 Full Review Audience Member A middle aged French man helping a Jewish family flee from the Nazis, during the trip is told the story of Jean Valjean, whose stories in Hugo's Les Misérables resembles theirs. A unique adaptation with a great cinematography and a standout performance by Belmondo, who plays different characters in the different stories told. However, the original approach does not hide the many imperfections of the screenplay, which also occasionally tangles and makes the story a little to hard to keep up with. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting but overly draggy for me. One of those rare films that I actually fell asleep watching... Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Du Lelouch à son meilleur ! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Although I don't really feel excited about this adaptation, it was still sorta creative claiming [Les Miserables] keeps repeating by merging it with the backdrop of WWII, not that significant nor relevant, though. Sometimes confusing in narrative too. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member My hubby made me watch this one and i thank him for that. The movie is engrossing and a must-watch. Was a little too long and it came to a point when i thought Ziman would never see daylight again but the end made up for all the sufferings portrayed. Jean-Paul Belmondo is one oscar worthy actor. I love happy -endings so this one was a delight to watch. Definitely one of my fave movies about the Holocaust with a rare happy ending. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In this inventive interpretation of Victor Hugo's oft-adapted tale, Henri Fortin (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is a man caught up in the turmoil of World War II. Charged with caring for a young Jewish girl named Elisa Ziman (Alessandra Martines), Henri later joins the French Resistance. As the story progresses, his life seems to parallel that of Hugo's hero, Jean Valjean, particularly when a police officer and former Nazi collaborator (Philippe Khorsand) sets his sights on Henri.
Director
Claude Lelouch
Producer
Claude Lelouch
Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 9, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
$365.2K
Runtime
2h 57m