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Les Miserables (15)

Cast: Djebril Zonga, Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Issa Perica
Genre: Thriller
Author(s): Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini, Alexis Manenti
Director: Ladj Ly
Release Date: 04/09/2020 (selected cinemas)
Running Time: 104mins
Country: Fr
Year: 2019

Stephane joins the Anti-Crime Squad in the Montfermeil suburb of Paris to be closer to his young son. He is assigned to shadow experienced duo Chris and Gwada, who willingly bend the law to get the desired results for their chief. During a hellish first day, Romany circus ringmaster Zorro threatens violence against The Mayor unless a stolen lion cub is returned within 24 hours. When the police finally apprehend the thief, a boy called Issa, fraught exchanges are captured on a drone camera.


 

LondonNet Film Review
Les Miserables (15)

Review: Victor Hugo’s 19th-century novel Les Miserables has been frequently adapted for stage and screen, including a flag-waving musical across the barricades which allowed Anne Hathaway to dream her dream of winning an Oscar. French writer-director Ladj Ly focuses intently on one quotation from the book – “There are no bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators” – for a nerve-jangling thriller, which lights the fuse on civil unrest in the housing projects where Hugo penned and partially set his masterpiece…

Opening with jubilant scenes in the capital as France beat Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 Fifa World Cup final, Les Miserables momentarily unites desperate characters to patriotic swells of La Marseillaise. The national anthem’s chorus implores men, women and children to form battalions and march against the bloody standard of tyranny. Ly and co-writers Alexis Manenti and Giordano Gederlini bide their time responding to this impassioned call to arms, stacking powder kegs of rage and resentment beneath crime-riddled communities which feel neglected by the upper echelons of power. “I am the law!” barks one trigger-happy police officer, whose malleable understanding of justice serves himself. When violence inevitably erupts, Ly captures these frenzied exchanges in exhilarating yet sickening close-up on handheld cameras, offering us no room to hide or draw breath.

Stephane (Damien Bonnard) joins the Anti-Crime Squad in the Montfermeil suburb of Paris to be closer to his young son. He is assigned to shadow experienced duo Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), who willingly bend the law to get the desired results for their chief (Jeanne Balibar). During a hellish first day, Romany circus ringmaster Zorro (Raymond Lopez) threatens violence against The Mayor (Steve Tientcheu) unless a stolen lion cub is returned within 24 hours.

“The Mayor’s black?” asks Stephane. “Our very own Obama,” snorts Chris, a xenophobic bully who prowls the streets as if he owns them. When the police finally apprehend the thief, a boy called Issa (Issa Perica), fraught exchanges between Chris, Gwada and Stephane and a baying mob of stone-throwing adolescents are captured on a drone camera piloted by Buzz (Al-Hassan Ly).

Expanded from a 2017 short film, Les Miserables is ambitious in scope, zig-zagging between feuding factions of a broken Parisian society. Aerial drone footage of the capital offers a brief respite from testosterone-soaked confrontations, which Ly stages with brio. Characters are sketched in broad strokes with limited time to flesh out complex motivations beyond hand-to-mouth survival, underpinned by the bad-cop/good-cop dynamic of Chris and Stephane, which warps as the latter’s induction day reaches its shattering climax. Viewed through Ly’s lens, Hugo may have been misinformed when he declared there are no bad men.

– Kim Hu


London Cinemas Showing Les Miserables


From: Friday 18th September
To: Thursday 24th September

Cine Lumiere

Sat 17:20; Sun 20:25

Cineworld At The O2, Greenwich

13:50 (Fri/Mon-Thu) 17:40

Curzon Aldgate

Fri/Sat/Mon-Thu 12:30; Sun 12:00

Curzon Bloomsbury

Fri/Sat/Mon-Thu 12:15 15:00 18:20; Sun 11:30 14:20 17:40

Curzon Soho

Fri 10:45 17:30; Sat/Mon/Wed 10:30; Sun 11:00 16:30; Tue/Thu 10:45 17:50

Curzon Victoria

Fri/Sat/Mon-Thu 13:00 (Fri/Sat/Mon/Tue/Thu) 18:45; Sun 12:00 17:45

Everyman Chelsea

Fri 21:15; Sun 19:30; Mon/Wed 16:15; Tue 11:45 20:45

Everyman King’s Cross

Fri 15:30; Sat 14:45; Sun 20:30; Mon 20:15; Tue 15:45

Everyman Maida Vale

Sun 14:15; Mon 18:00; Wed 17:00

Everyman Muswell Hill

Fri/Sat 21:15; Sun 20:30; Mon 16:00; Tue 14:30; Wed 20:45

Fulham Road Picturehouse

Fri 15:30 20:45; Sat 13:45 19:45; Sun 12:30 17:00; Mon-Wed 14:15 20:00; Thu 13:15

Gate Picturehouse, Notting Hill

Fri 20:40; Sat 17:00; Sun 19:30; Mon-Wed 15:30

Greenwich Picturehouse

Fri 13:00 15:30; Sat/Mon/Tue/Thu 13:15 15:45; Sun 10:50; Wed 16:00

Hackney Picturehouse

Fri 13:15 16:45; Sat 16:45 19:45; Sun 12:15 15:45; Mon-Thu 12:50 16:00 19:15 (Mon-Wed)

Odeon Greenwich

Tue/Thu 15:45

Odeon Streatham

Fri/Mon-Thu 15:15

Odeon Wimbledon

Mon/Tue 19:00

Olympic Studios

Fri 18:00; Sun 20:10; Tue 20:30; Wed 17:30; Thu 13:50

Picturehouse Central

Sat 20:40; Sun 20:20; Mon/Wed 13:10; Tue 14:40; Thu 12:40

Rio

15:15

Ritzy Picturehouse

Fri/Sat 12:45 18:30; Sun 20:30; Mon-Wed 12:30 18:00; Thu 16:15

The Castle Cinema

Fri/Mon 21:00; Sat 20:30; Sun 19:45; Tue 17:00; Thu 16:15

Vue Finchley Road (O2 Centre)

Fri 21:35; Sat 17:55; Sun 15:20 18:30; Mon 18:00 20:50; Tue 14:10 16:10 18:15 20:20; Wed 16:10 19:00; Thu 16:55 19:00 21:30

Vue Islington

Fri 18:15; Sun 21:55; Mon 16:05; Tue 17:45 21:20; Wed 19:10; Thu 16:50

Vue Westfield London

Sat 10:55; Sun 11:10; Wed 13:45

Vue Westfield Stratford City

Fri 12:25 14:30; Sat 10:00 18:25; Sun 15:35; Mon 15:25 18:15; Tue 11:45 15:55 18:50; Wed 12:50 14:50; Thu 13:30

West Norwood Picturehouse

Fri/Thu 13:30 (Fri) 18:30; Sat 12:15 17:45; Sun 19:30; Mon 15:30 20:45; Tue/Wed 15:45

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To: Thursday 1st October

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UK and Irish Cinemas Showing Les Miserables


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To: Thursday 24th September

Bromley Picturehouse

Fri 12:15; Sat 17:00; Sun/Thu 12:00 (Thu) 16:00; Mon-Wed 12:15 (Mon) 16:45

Cineworld Birmingham

Fri/Mon-Wed 14:30; Sun 11:20

Cineworld Cardiff

Fri/Mon-Wed 13:30; Sun 11:00 13:40; Thu 13:50

Cineworld Dublin

Fri/Sat/Mon-Thu 10:20 (Sat) 13:00; Sun 10:20

Cineworld Edinburgh

Fri/Mon-Thu 13:40 (Fri/Tue-Thu) 18:10; Sat/Sun 12:50

Cineworld Feltham

Fri/Mon-Thu 14:20

Cineworld Glasgow – Renfrew Street

Fri/Thu 13:20 16:20 (Fri); Sat/Sun 18:20; Mon-Wed 14:00 17:10

Cineworld Hemel Hempstead

13:50 (Fri/Mon-Thu) 18:40

Cineworld Milton Keynes

Fri/Mon-Thu 12:20

Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne

Fri/Mon-Thu 14:00 16:40 19:20 (Tue/Wed) 19:25 (Mon); Sat 16:00; Sun 16:30 19:20

Cineworld Sheffield

Fri/Mon-Thu 13:15

Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge

Fri/Mon-Wed 17:00 19:45 (Mon-Wed); Sun 19:45; Thu 16:20

Derby QUAD

Fri 14:15 20:00; Sat 14:15 18:00; Sun 14:00 20:00; Mon 11:00 20:35; Tue 15:15 17:10; Wed 14:45 18:15; Thu 14:35 18:00

Electric Picture House

Fri/Sun/Tue 19:30

Everyman Altrincham

Fri 16:30; Sat 21:15; Sun 18:00; Tue 16:00; Wed 20:45

Everyman Bristol

Mon 21:15; Tue 13:00

Everyman Glasgow

Fri 13:30; Sat 16:15; Sun/Wed 20:45; Mon 16:30; Thu 12:15

Everyman York

Tue 15:00; Wed 21:00; Thu 15:30

Exeter Picturehouse

Tue/Thu 16:00

Glasgow Film Theatre

Sat 17:00; Thu 20:35

HOME

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Irish Film Institute

Fri 13:00 20:20; Sat 13:00 17:15; Sun 17:50; Mon 20:40; Tue 18:00; Wed 20:45; Thu 18:30

Kino Rye

Sun 17:20; Mon 19:30; Tue 20:10; Wed 17:30; Thu 15:00

Odeon Bath

Fri/Mon-Thu 15:45

The Light Cinema, New Brighton

Fri 13:30; Mon/Tue 13:10; Wed 14:30; Thu 12:50

Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre

Fri 12:10; Tue 12:50

Vue Harrow

Fri 12:45; Mon 16:10; Tue 13:30; Wed 14:50 17:30; Thu 12:15

Vue Manchester Printworks

Fri 11:00; Sat 11:25; Sun 10:00; Mon 11:40; Tue 11:30; Wed 12:15; Thu 12:50

Vue Portsmouth

Sat 11:40; Sun 10:05; Tue 11:30; Wed 14:35; Thu 12:40

Vue Reading

Fri 15:40; Sat 11:35; Sun 11:10; Mon 16:00; Tue 14:55; Wed 15:25; Thu 13:45

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