Les Misérables

Les Misérables ★★★★

A crime story pulsates in the heart of an immigrant residence in Paris suburbs circa the celebration of the World Cup. In the use of documentary-style, overhead drone shots, and fish out of the water premise, Ladj Ly composes a gritty and comprehensive portrayal of violence structure in the marginalized neighborhood. It starts telling from tough and authorized control by the police, a wrecking riot with a gypsy gang, until a hostile negotiation with a religious ex-con leader. Even though it takes time for the movie to converge the message of the new generation protest for the discriminated citizenship issue, the last fight sequence is so intense, unsettling, and glorious.

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