Amazon Awards Season Contender ‘Les Miserables’ Debuts, Inspirational Bollywood Pic ‘Chhapaak’ Opens – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Amazon Awards Season Contender ‘Les Miserables’ Debuts, Inspirational Bollywood Pic ‘Chhapaak’ Opens – Specialty B.O. Preview
Amazon is set to open Les Misérables in limited release this week, but if you’re expecting a musical based on the Victor Hugo novel, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Directed by Ladj Ly, the film only shares a name with the popular Broadway musical. The drama tackles the issue of police brutality in France, showing that this is a super relevant issue not only in the United State but all over the world.

Based on Ly’s 2017 short film, Les Misérables is inspired by the riots that occurred in the suburbs of Paris in 2005. The story hits close to home for Ly as these riots had a long-lasting effect on his neighborhood, Montfermeil. The film follows Stephane (Damien Bonnard) who joins an anti-crime squad in Montfermeil after relocating. As he works with Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), Stephane struggles with defusing the tense relationships between the resident gangs.
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