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French film Les Miserables uses police drama to explore class, race and injustice in Paris projects – ABC News

Les Miserables follows in the steps of La Haine, combining a tense police procedural with an inside view of one of France’s most notorious housing projects.

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Despite its bold title, there is nary a candlestick or a musket in sight in Ladj Ly’s Cannes Jury Prize-winning and Oscar-nominated film.
Instead, the French-Malian director mines his autobiography to unleash a powder keg drama of cops and pissed-off kids that detonates in the suburbs outside of Paris during the summer of 2018.
Known as the banlieues, France’s low-income housing projects are widely seen as eyesores failed experiments of the post-war era, now synonymous with unemployment, socia…

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