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  • Country: France
  • Year: 2020
  • Duration: 105min
  • Certificate: 15
  • Type: Film

In his astonishing, assured feature film debut, Ladj Ly stages an unconventional police procedural in Montfermeil, the same Parisian district where Victor Hugo set his landmark saga. Ly follows three plainclothes cops as they navigate - and inflame - the neighbourhood’s simmering ethnic and racial tensions, exploring the adversarial relationship between law enforcement and the neighbourhood’s poor Muslim population. Ly’s vérité approach lends even more urgency to the timely tale of social injustice. Chicago Film Festival

“Occasionally recalling the more urgent, ragged work of Spike Lee in its feverish, on-the-ground formal energy, Les Misérables is aptly galling as a study of everyday power structures tested and exploited to breaking point.” Variety

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