DVD of the Day: Les Miserables

This movie begins in the bitter vile crushing pit of poverty and alienation and goes straight downhill from there.

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Jean Valjean is thrown into prison for many years and is paroled into the world as an outcast in 19th century France. He creates a new life for himself as a rich man but destroys the life of Fantine purely by accident. He resolves to redeem his mistake by raising her daughter Cosette.

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Valjean is relentlessly pursued by policeman Javert, who wants only to see the noble and kind Valjean returned to jail for breaking his parole.

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This is a classic tragedy with many chapters in the epic 19th century style. I found it a bit long and tedious at times, what with a revolution stuck in the middle of this. The really surprising part for me was the part where the troops landed on Normandy beach. Now that’s a long 19th century epic.

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