Les Miserables is a movie that transcends genre. It's more than a drama; it's more than a musical.
It is, quite simply, an experience.
The plot, as anyone acquainted with either the long-running stage musical or the Victor Hugo classic on which it is based can attest, is spread out across a long canvas. In 1816, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is paroled after serving a 19-year sentence for stealing a loaf of bread.
Despite warnings from prison guard Javert (Russell Crowe), Valjean breaks his lifelong parole in search of a higher redemption, eventually becoming mayor of a small town in France where he runs a textiles factory.
One of his employees, Fantine (Anne Hathaway) is fired from the factory when it is discovered she is supporting a daughter, Cosette, who was born out of wedlock. Valjean is ignorant of due to the arrival of his town's new chief of police, Javert. »
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