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Where:

Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin

When:

8:30PM Saturday, 17 August, 2019 NZST
Les Miserables

Les Miserables

About as far from being a rousing stage musical as is possible, Les Miserables' exhilarating, engrossing portrait of war on the streets between a swaggering Anti-Crime Squad and the myriad gangs they are trying to police shared the Jury Prize at Cannes.

In sharp contrast to the opening scenes of a unified France celebrating its 2018 World Cup win on the Champs-Élysées, the film takes place in a troubled Paris suburb over the course of a tightly-wrought couple of days, recalling Training Day with its portrayal of compromised cops, the crossing of ethical lines and the conscience of a newcomer. But director Ladj Ly's rendition of the drug- and poverty-stricken banlieues of working-class France is less Hollywood and more naturalistic à la The Wire, with astonishing performances by everyone from his three lead thugs to the indignant crooks, beleaguered immigrant families and children caught in the crossfire.

Ly's 15-year career in documentary, focusing on sociopolitical issues arising from events such as the 2005 Paris riots, clearly informs his approach to this fictional, but all-too-relevant, tale. Les Miserables is his first dramatic feature, but his realist fingerprints are all over it, notably in a key plot point which remarkably derives from autobiographical experience.

Complex in its morality, lacking judgement of its characters, Les Miserables is a high-energy, contemporary musing on the problems explored by Victor Hugo over 150 years ago. - Sarah Watt

France 2019
Director: Ladj Ly
In French with English subtitles
103 minutes/CinemaScope/Censors rating tbc

https://www.nziff.co.nz/2019/dunedin/ | http://www.regenttheatre.co.nz

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