Les Miserables (1998)
Les Miserables is Victor Hugo's epic tale of love, honour and
Set during the French Revolution, the film tells the story of
Jean Valjean, whose theft of a loaf of bread condemns him to an
unjust prison sentence and subsequent life on the run. But an
act of forgiveness on the part of a Roman Catholic Bishop changes
the course of his life forever.
Valjean becomes the mayor of a small town and falls in love with
the beautiful, poverty-stricken Fantine. He devotes himself to
caring for her and for the inhabitants of the poor town, which
he transforms into a thriving community.
Fantine's untimely death signals a new chapter in Valjean's life,
during which he raises Fantine's daughter, Cosette, who he desperately
attempts to shield from the world and all its dangers. As she
matures, she falls passionately in love with Marius, a charismatic
young Parisian revolutionary.
All the while, Valjean is hunted by Javert, a policeman whose
lifelong search for Valjean has become an obsession. The film
culminates in a final, fated confrontation between Valjean and
Javert on the banks of the Seine at the explosive height of the
July Revolution in 1832.