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Les Misérables (2019)

Les misérables (original title)
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A cop from the provinces moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between the different groups mark the rhythm.

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Ladj Ly

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Ladj Ly (screenplay), Giordano Gederlini (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damien Bonnard ... Brigadier Stéphane Ruiz, dit Pento
Alexis Manenti ... Chris
Djebril Zonga Djebril Zonga ... Gwada
Issa Perica Issa Perica ... Issa
Al-Hassan Ly Al-Hassan Ly ... Buzz
Steve Tientcheu Steve Tientcheu ... Le Maire
Almamy Kanouté Almamy Kanouté ... Salah (as Almamy Kanoute)
Nizar Ben Fatma Nizar Ben Fatma ... La Pince
Raymond Lopez Raymond Lopez ... Zorro
Luciano Lopez Luciano Lopez ... Luciano
Jaihson Lopez Jaihson Lopez ... Jaihson
Jeanne Balibar ... La commissaire
Sana Joachaim Sana Joachaim ... Bintou
Lucas Omiri Lucas Omiri ... Slim
Rocco Lopez Rocco Lopez ... Rocco
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Brigadier Stéphane Ruiz is a young and light-heartened cop who moves to Paris to be closer of his little son after the divorce of his wife. Working in the impoverished suburb of Montfermeil, in the 93th district, where Victor Hugo wrote his famous 1862's novel "The Miserables", Ruiz joins the local Anti-Crime Brigade, being paired with veterans but unscrupulous colleagues Chris and Gwada, who are charged with the task to train Ruiz about the way Montfermeil's works and the people to meet. However, his first day in Montfermeil twists in bad way when the owner of a circus and his men meet where drug-lord Le Maire ("The Mayor") claiming for a stolen baby lion a few hours ago, blaming him by the theft. Avoiding a fight between Le Maire and circus' owner, the three cops patrol the hood looking for the animal, learning that a troubled kid named Issa is the thief, who stolen to have it as pet. But when Ruiz, Chris and Gwada locate Issa to recover the baby lion, Issa's friends attempt to ... Written by Chockys

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some disturbing/violent content, and sexual references | See all certifications »
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It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize. See more »

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Remake of The Pitiful (2017) See more »

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new kid on the block
12 January 2020 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Being the new student in school can be an emotionally trying experience for some kids. Now take that pressure and put it in a patrol car for law enforcement in a tough part of town where racial and religious tensions are always on edge. The 'new kid' in this case isn't a kid, but rather an adult cop ... and the experience will eclipse 'trying' and shift directly to life-altering. "Ever since 2005 ..." is a line that reminds us that the Paris riots of that year remain fresh in the minds of locals, and police harassment is applied to most every stop or interrogation. This is an area that has yet to reclaim balance and writer-director Ladj Ly, having grown up in this part of the city, is more qualified than anyone to tell these stories.

Montfermeil is the Paris suburb where Victor Hugo wrote his classic 1862 novel "Les Miserables". Recently divorced Stephane (played by Damian Bonnard) has transferred to the Anti-Crime Squad (ACS) in the area to be closer to his young son. His first day on the new job involves riding on patrol with local officers Chris and Gwada, who are veterans of these streets. Chris (played by Alexis Manenti) is a racist, hardened by the locals who have nicknamed him "Pink Pig". Chris's intimidation methods are old school and iron-fisted. Gwada (played by Djebril Zonga) is an African-Muslim who tries to capitalize on his own roots with locals, even though they now consider him a traitor.

Immediately obvious is the fact that Stephane's 'by-the-book' approach doesn't meld with the forceful posture assumed by Chris and Gwada. "Greaser" is the nickname Chris gives to Stephane, emphasizing that the new cop doesn't fit on the streets or in the patrol car. As the prime example of how this environment can cause a small situation to escalate quickly due to one wrong word or movement, a young thief named Issa takes a lion cub from a travelling circus as a prank. The next thing we know, the Muslim Brotherhood is involved and threats are flooding every interaction, creating tensions for all. When the cops finally track down Issa, an accident occurs that further escalates the tensions between various street factions and the cops. Things get really ugly when it's discovered a young boy captured the event with his drone.

Director Ly opens on citywide excitement at the 2018 World Cup with a backdrop of Paris sites such as The Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. The script from Ly and co-writers Giordano Gederlini and Alexis Manenti doesn't allow us to wallow in the happiness for long. Soon, we are on the streets with the cops in Victor Hugo's (and Ly's) setting - contemporary only in look, not feel or substance. We are dropped into an environment where each moment is dictated by racial-social-political lines. Foot chases, car chases, and confrontations are de rigeur. Disenchantment cloaks kids and adults alike, and the fear of anarchy never wanes. A bad day for Issa turns into maybe the worst ever first day for Stephane. This is one of the year's most incredibly tense and gripping films, and one that leaves us exhausted and dumbfounded. It's a brilliant work.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | Bambara

Release Date:

20 November 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Misérables See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$24,154, 12 January 2020

Gross USA:

$330,181

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,202,623
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2.35 : 1
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