NATALIE STENDALL’S FILM REVIEW: Les Misérables

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VICTOR Hugo’s monumental novel of love, redemption and injustice during the years following the French Revolution became a musical in 1985. Now, Tom Hooper, director of Academy Award winning The King’s Speech, brings us an epic film version of this much loved musical.

Ex-convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) avoids his life-long parole, working his way up the social ladder to become a factory owner and respected citizen while always looking over his shoulder for Inspector Javert (Rusell Crowe), who is resolutely pursuing him.

In an effort to redeem himself, Valjean promises to care for Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), the child of a dying prostitute (Anne Hathaway). As Cosette matures in Paris, rebellion is brewing and she finds herself falling in love with rebel leader, Marius (Eddie Redmayne).

 

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