Stéphane has recently joined the Anti-Crime Brigade in Montfermeil; the Paris suburbs where Victor Hugo had set his 1862 famed novel. Alongside his new colleagues Chris and Gwada – both experienced members of the team – Stéphane quickly discovers tensions running high between neighborhood gangs. When the trio find themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures their every movement, their every action. More than 150 years after Hugo’s novel and inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, LES MISÉRABLES elucidates the tensions between neighborhood residents and police, and the similarities between today’s angry, hoodie-wearing youth and Gavroche are only too clear.
Director: Ladj Ly
Producer: Srab Films/Rectangle Productions
Language: French with English subtitles
Duration: 102 min