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Les Miserables (Film) (Sous-titres français)
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Victor Hugo's stirring novel of redemption and revolution is brought to life by the artistry of director Billie August and his brilliant cast. Liam Neeson stars as Jean Valjean, a heartless convict who is transformed by a single act of mercy. Uma Thurman is Fantine, the vulnerable prostitute who begs Valjean to raise her only child, Cosette (Claire Danes). And Oscar(r)-winner Geoffrey Rush (Best Actor, Shine, 1996) is an ambitious policeman determined to return Valjean to prison. A truly epic film, LES MISÉRABLES is Magnificent! A compelling and powerful human drama with terrific performances by Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush.
Frenchman Jean Valjean (Liam Neeson), imprisoned for stealing bread, is paroled after nearly two decades of hard labor. A gift of silver candlesticks from a kindly priest helps him begin anew. Forging a decent and profitable existence, he finds success as a businessman and as the mayor of a small town. He even takes in a pregnant young woman (Uma Thurman) and raises her daughter as his own. When a former prison guard (Geoffrey Rush) recognizes Valjean, his past catches up to him. Director Bille August culls mesmerizing performances from his cast, but loses us with an ending that panders to teen audiences. The focus shifts dramatically, and uncomfortably, from the haunted Neeson and his hawk-like pursuer, to his daughter (Claire Danes) and her romance with a handsome revolutionary. After this narrative shift, the script leaves behind the Victor Hugo classic's themes of revenge and redemption to focus improbably on teen angst--hardly what Hugo had on his mind. --Rochelle O'Gorman
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While going through the TV guide one weekend, I was shocked to see that there was a Les Miserables movie on that night. My initial reaction was "YES! A Les Mis movie!". I got a blank tape ready to record it. Eventually, it came on. Hit the record button, and began watching.
..Sigh. I'll give it credit for the first half. Stayed pretty true to the story. However, Valjean was overly violent. And Valjean and Fantine's little romance? That made me laugh. A lot. But I dismissed it as minor things, and tried to enjoy the movie anyway.
Then...it got to the point where Cosette was older. Okay, so far, so good. They showed a man making a speech...my first thought "ENJOLRAS! YES!"....but no. It was Marius. I got upset, but meh, I have patience. 'They'll show Enjy soon enough', I thought.
As the movie continued, I inched closer and closer to the nearest sharp object. No Enjolras. No Eponine. No Friends of the ABC! What ever happened to Grantaire, everybody's favorite drunk cynic? Oh, I think he was in one scene, guarding Javert. About 5 seconds of fame. Yay for R.
They...murdered most of the remaining characters, in a sense.
And the ending....oh god, don't even get me STARTED. It was the source of jokes between me and my friend for...hell, we're still making jokes about it. Javert randomly deciding to handcuff himself, falling backwards into 2 feet of water, and sinking like a brick...while Valjean watches, then prances off smiling.... Why....WHY?!
Don't watch this movie. Read the book, and/or see the musical. This movie is simply a huge joke.
The only reason I'm giving it 2 stars is because it gave me a source of amusement for a long time. Between the ending and an earlier scene where Javert keeps telling Valjean "You must punish me"....hehehehe, we all know that he wan-- ::gets shot::
2. Valjean punches the bishop out when he is stealing the silver. Valjean would NEVER punch out the bishop- but I guess they had to make it more interesting. The bishop didn't even wake up in the book when he was stealing the silver.
3. They completely left out the part when Fantine sold her teeth. This is very minor, but it would have given the movie more oomf and would wrench at your heart like it does in the book.
4. Javert did not beat on Fantine in the book- he simply arrested her! Why all of the violence?!
5. Valjean had no love interest in Fantine in the book. They make Valjean and Fantine fall in love. This is turning into a romance movie!
6. In the book, Javert did not kill Fantine by insulting her and saying that she will never see Cosette again. This was just something cruel that they added to the story. I guess it was so that you would hate Javert more.
7. Although you may have seen this in the musical, Valjean did not punch out Javert in the book. Again, more violence not needed.
8. The Thenardiers weren't as evil as they were in the book. Eponine and the other daughters were not mentioned. Gavroche was not mentioned.
9. Why did Enjolras suddenly become Marius? They do not even develop his character. Enjolras is not even in the movie, and his figure is VERY important in the book.
10. Javert did not tie up Cosette and call her a in the book. I am sure of this.
11. Javert did not commit suicide in front of Valjean. Talk about having absolutely no emotion! He had no emotion while committing suicide.
A good movie if you have never read the book, but you will be angry if you read the book or enjoy the musical.
Stick to the book, my friends.
Aside from all the gripes I have about it, I have to say, it was pretty good. Some of the script and lines were very similar to the dialogue in the book. I loved Geoffrey Rush's Javert. He did an excellent job. I watch it again and again just to see him.
Oops, I'm ranting again. ^.^;;
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Arrived quickly-I just love this version Just as much as the Anne Hathaway release.Published 3 months ago by Yvonne
This version of les Mis, which many do not know exists ,is a most powerful film; Geoffery Rush and Liam Neeson are a perfectly cast pair, the interaction between these two actors... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dianne
Initially viewed this movie on PBS and liked it so purchased the DVD.
Amazon met my expectations in all price & delivery respects!
An excellent rendition of an age old Victor Hugo classic. First class acting within a brilliant story. Thank you.Published 21 months ago by Barrie Fisher
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