Not an adaptation of the 19th-century novel, this monumental film translates Victor Hugo’s themes to 20th-century France, World War II, and Hitler’s "Final Solution". As an illiterate moving van driver helps the Zimans, a Jewish family, escape to Switzerland, M. Ziman reads aloud the story of Les Miserables. The driver is enraptured, and inspired by the life of his literary counterpart, Jean Valjean - is transformed into a true life hero. The lavish, challenging, and ultimately uplifting film examines fundamental issues such as the bystander’s dilemma, good and evil,and the regenerative power of love. In French with English subtitles. Note: rated R for violence, brief sex, and language. (HS+). Color. (175 min.)
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