February 27, 2021

This is ‘Los miserables’, the French Oscar candidate | Culture



Stéphen is a new agent of the police brigade against crime in the suburb of Montfermeil, in the Seine-Saint-Denis region, in Paris. France has just won the World Cup, and every day in that neighborhood is not easy. This is how it starts The Miserables -the title is a nod to the novel by Victor Hugo, since it takes place in the same area-, by Ladj Ly, photographer and filmmaker from that same district, who already co-directed the documentary with Stéphane de Freitas in 2016 Loudly, which was already approaching the problematic reality of a group of young people from Saint-Denis. Ly shows the public two conflicting days in which the arrival of a circus in Saint-Denis causes several clashes between the police, the very different leaders of the community and the youth of the neighborhood. Jury Prize in Cannes and French Oscar candidate, The Miserables opens in Spain on November 22 and here we show exclusively its trailer.

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