This is the moving story of Jean Valjean, a convict freshly out of prison after serving nineteen years hard labor for stealing a loaf of bread. By the time of his release, he had built up a tremendous bitterness toward society. But an unthinkable act of mercy and generosity by a saintly small-town bishop drastically alters the trajectory of Valjean's life. From that point on, Valjean determines to live as an honest man. Javert, an extremely zealous police chief who once supervised Valjean's work gang, is never far behind, and is determined to have Valjean back in prison for breaking parole. Monsieur and Madame Thenardier, the owners of an inn in Montfermeil, are also pursuing Valjean for their own corrupt and dishonest ends. The story takes us from one end of France to the other, from the very top of Parisian society to the very bottom, from Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830 and the student-led uprising of 1832 which serves as the story's climax.
A sweeping epic feature film, Victor Hugo's "The Miserable Ones" is a major call against humiliation, misery and abandoned childhood.
The Robert Hossein's version of Les Misérables is undoubtedly the most faithful adaptation to Victor Hugo's novel. Lino Ventura is great as Jean Valjean as well as Michel Bouquet as Javert and Jean Carmet as Thernardier. All the actors are well characterized and the darkness of the film gives the story the right atmosphere of misery and sadness.
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