Les Misérables (2019 film)
Les Misérables is a 2019 French drama film directed by Ladj Ly in his directorial debut, from a screenplay by Ly, Giordano Gederlini and Alexis Manenti, based upon the short film of the name by Ly. It stars Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djibril Zonga, Issa Percia, Al-Hassan Ly, Steve Tientcheu, Almany Kanoute and Nizar Ben Fatma.
|Directed by||Ladj Ly|
|Produced by||Toufik Ayadi|
|Screenplay by||Ladj Ly|
|Based on||Les Misérables |
by Ladj Ly
|Music by||Pink Noise|
|Edited by||Flora Volpeliere|
|Distributed by||Le Pacte|
|Box office||$9.4 million|
It had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 15 May 2019. It was released in France on 20 November 2019 by Le Pacte. It was selected as the French entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Inspired by the riots of 2005 in the Paris suburbs, the film revolves around three members of an anti-crime brigade who are overrun while trying to make an arrest.
- Damien Bonnard as Stéphane / Pento
- Alexis Manenti as Chris
- Djibril Zonga as Gwada
- Issa Perica as Issa
- Al-Hassan Ly as Buzz
- Steve Tientcheu as The Mayor
- Almamy Kanoute as Salah
- Jeanne Balibar as The Commissioner
- Raymond Lopez as Zorro
- Omar Soumare as Macha
- Sana Joachaim as Bintou
- Lucas Omiri as Slim
- Nazar Ben Fatma as La Pince
In October 2018, it was announced Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti and Djibril Zonga had joined the cast of the film, with Ladj Ly directing from a screenplay he wrote alongside Giordano Gederlini and Alexis Manenti.
The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 15 May 2019. Shortly after, Amazon Studios acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film. It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2019. It was released in France on 20 November 2019 by Le Pacte. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on 10 January 2020.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 82% based on 51 reviews, with an average rating of 7.41/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Les Misérables transcends its unwieldy story with compelling ideas and an infectious energy that boils over during a thrilling final act." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize. It was selected as the French entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, making the December shortlist. Film received 3 nominations to the 32nd European Film Awards, including Best Film, European Discovery, Best Screenwriter.
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