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.

Les Misérables
Film poster
Directed byLadj Ly
Produced byToufik Ayadi
Christophe Barral
Screenplay byLadj Ly
Giordano Gederlini
Alexis Manenti
Based onLes Misérables
by Ladj Ly
  • Damien Bonnard
  • Alexis Manenti
  • Djibril Zonga
  • Issa Percia
  • Al-Hassan Ly
  • Steve Tientcheu
  • Almany Kanoute
  • Nizar Ben Fatma
Music byPink Noise
CinematographyJulien Poupard
Edited byFlora Volpeliere
Distributed byLe Pacte
Release date
  • 15 May 2019 (2019-05-15) (Cannes)
  • 20 November 2019 (2019-11-20) (France)
Running time
103 minutes
Box office$9.4 million[1]

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.[2]


The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 15 May 2019.[3] Shortly after, Amazon Studios acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[4] It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2019.[5] It was released in France on 20 November 2019 by Le Pacte.[6] It is scheduled to be released in the United States on 10 January 2020.[7]


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."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]


It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival,[10] where it won the Jury Prize.[11][12] It was selected as the French entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards,[13] making the December shortlist.[14] Film received 3 nominations to the 32nd European Film Awards, including Best Film, European Discovery, Best Screenwriter.[15]

See also


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  2. "Ladj Ly's Les Misérables enters post-production". Cineuropa. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. "The Screenings Guide 2019". 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  4. Wiseman, Andreas (17 May 2019). "Cannes Buzz Movie 'Les Misérables' Sells To Amazon For U.S." Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  5. Lang, Brent (23 July 2019). "Toronto Film Festival: 'Joker,' 'Ford v Ferrari,' 'Hustlers' Among Big Premieres". Variety. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  6. "Les Misérables". Le Pacte. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  7. Obenson, Tambay (23 October 2019). "'Les Misérables' Trailer: Paris Is Burning in France's 2020 Oscar Entry". IndieWire. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  8. "Les Misérables (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  9. "Les Misérables Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  10. "Cannes festival 2019: full list of films". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  11. "Bong Joon-ho's Parasite Wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes". Variety. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  12. "Bong Joon-ho's Parasite wins Palme d'Or at Cannes film festival". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  13. Keslassy, Elsa (20 September 2019). "Ladj Ly's Cannes Prize-Winner Les Miserables Is France's Oscar Submission". Variety. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  14. "10 Films Make Shortlist for Oscars' Best International Film". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  15. http://www.celebsnet.com/fashion/The-European-Film-Awards-four-nomimation-for-The-traitor-named-Selfie-and-The-death-of-my-mother-h4785.html
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