by Helen Earnshaw |
Director: Tom Hooper
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen.
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole.
When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Critics: No one expects gutsy filmmaking in a musical. But that's just what King's Speech Oscar winner Tom Hooper delivers in Les Misérables. Damn the imperfections, it's perfectly marvellous. - Rolling Stone
- The squalor and upheaval of early 19th-century France are conveyed with a vividness that would have made Victor Hugo proud, heightened by the raw, hungry intensity of the actors' live on camera vocals. - Variety
- Among the very best recent adaptations of great stage musicals. - EntertainmentTell
Award/Nominations: Les Misérables has been named one of Movies of the Year by the American Film Institute, National Board of Review, and New York Film Critics Online.
It has also picked up nominations at the Phoenix Film Critics Society, San Diego Film Critics Society, and Satellite Awards while the cast has been nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
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