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Les Misérables

  • 2012
  • PG-13
  • 152min
  • 69%
  • 7.6 / 10

Ex-convict Jean Valjean breaks parole to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner while trying to evade Inspector Javert who promises to bring Valjean back to prison. Eight years later, the death of a factory worker compels Valjean to look after her bereft daughter, but Javert’s restless pursuit threatens their peace.

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Considered as one of the 19th century’s best novels, Les Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo. It was first published in 1862. The novel’s plot examines French history by revolving its plot against the backdrop of French social, political, and economic milieu in the 19th century. Hugo drew inspiration from an incident he witnessed in 1929, which involved three strangers and a police officer. He shaped the character of Jean Valjean from one of the strangers who had stolen a loaf of bread. The stranger also saw a mother and her daughter playing with each other. Fantine and Cosette’s characters would eventually be based on the two. While developing Valjean’s character, Hugo was significantly inspired by the life of ex-convict Eugène François Vidocq. Vidocq is widely renowned as the founder and first director of the crime-detection Sûreté Nationale as well as the head of the first known private detective agency. He was also largely acclaimed for his participation in the society and for promoting the welfare of others through generosity.

Les Misérables movie review

Les Miserables is a 19th century story about a man, Jean Valjean. He is freed after 19 years of imprisonment. He goes through the underworld to create opportunities for himself. Gathering money and notoriety, he reinvents himself as a mayor and factory ow

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