n African Journal of Psychiatry - Les Misérables : movie review

Volume 16, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Based on the historical 1862 novel by Victor Hugo with the same name, Les Misérables is a British made musical film that caused quite a sensation when it was released in 2012. The film is also based on the musical version of Victor Hugo's epic book as directed and produced by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. Boublil and Schönberg were also involved in scripting the current musical film version together with William Nicholson and Herbert Kretzmer. The film's director, Tom Hooper was also responsible for another film that I previously reviewed for the Journal - The King's Speech. The film portrays the heartbreaking story of Jean Valjean (played by Hugh Jackman) who, after serving a lengthy prison sentence for stealing bread for a hungry family member, was paroled by the French prison authorities. With strict parole conditions Valjean attempts to reconstruct a life for himself, although his criminal record follows him wherever he goes and he is driven out of every town which he comes across on his journey.

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