Les Misérables (2019)
First screened in October 2019
Director: Ladj Ly. Cast: Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djibril Zonga, Issa Perica, Al-Hassan Ly, Almamy Kanouté, Nizar Ben Fatma, Steve Tientchou, Jeanne Balibar, Diego Lopez, Jaihson Lopez, Luciano Lopez, Raymond Lopez, Rocco Lopez, Lucas Omiri, Omar Soumare, Abdelkader Hoggui, Djeneba Diallo, Sana Joachaim, Mousba Harb. Screenplay: Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini, and Alexis Manenti.

Twitter Capsule: Elects that urgent, tough themes merit or even demand blunt figures, familiar style, vague POV. Maybe! Maybe not.

VOR:   Devotes itself to such timely, volatile tensions that in some ways it demands attention. Televisual, by-the-book execution suggests otherwise.

Photo © 2019 Srab Films, © 2020 Amazon Studios

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best International Film

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Foreign Language Film

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Jury Prize (tie); Vulcain Prize (Flora Volpelière, editing, and Julien Poupard, cinematography)
European Film Awards: European Discovery
César Awards (French Oscars): Best Film; Most Promising Actor (Manenti); Best Film Editing; César du Public

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