Academy Award — Best Foreign Language Film Nominee! LES MISÉRABLES is a… well, however you say “knock out” in French. “‘Les Misérables’ brings nuance to the racial tinderbox of Paris’s impoverished banlieues. Don’t be misled by the title: Victor Hugo’s epic tale of revolutionary fervour is only referenced in passing, although its themes are a source of loose inspiration. This is no rabble-rousing period piece… Our entrée is a trio of contrasting cops who patrol the area together: the bull-headed Chris, the mellower Gwada and new team member Stéphane. The interracial group of cops flatter themselves that they’re respected – Chris lets the local kids call him by his unflattering nickname, ‘The Pink Pig’ – but Chris’s brutality and casual racism has eroded whatever goodwill might have existed. Improbably, a missing lion cub lights a fuse the trio must desperately try to extinguish before it sets the whole place ablaze. Director Ladj Ly’s film is a hugely impressive debut and visually arresting from first to last”—Time Out. In French with English subtitles. R. 102 Min.