Reactions to Les Miserables

Our latest screening, Les Miserables, proved to be another well received film, with many members present finding it tense (albeit disturbing) and well-acted. It attracted primarily A and B ratings, with just a single D and E, for an overall appreciation score of 86.3%. Some of the comments received:

  • Superb – I was at the edge of my seat.
  • Outstanding film in every way!
  • A tense, gripping and disturbing film, which shows how seemingly small incidents can quickly become incendiary.
  • A successful blend of realism and allegory. Excellent acting.
  • Unexpected. Pretty gruelling with occasional humour. I felt wrung out by the end.
  • Kids so real, I forgot it was a film… thanks again.
  • Gripping and powerful film. Terrific build-up of tension with a great climax. One of the most enjoyable CFS films I’ve seen for some time.
  • Excellent and thought-provoking but harrowing (rather like last week) – kept your sympathies shifting and wondering who was/wasn’t in the right.
  • WOW!
  • I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, no idea there were districts in Paris as bad as this. Thought the actors were brilliant too.
  • Excellent film, the acting was incredible, a great choice.
  • A stunning film. I was involved from the beginning. Wonderful photography and acting.
  • Another great choice. Tres bon.
  • Gritty thriller, well-acted, well shot with a social commentary. Insight into the area of Paris that the tourists never see.
  • Stupendous film but not an easy watch.
  • Amazing. Yet another fabulous film, so impressed by your viewing committee!
  • Brilliant, best movie by far this season. Gritty, violent, shocking and in your face! Please can we have more like this one.
  • Quite harrowing, there were no winners. The kids had no hope of making a good life and Greaser who started off with good intentions ended up being terrified by the ferocious attack and would have ended up as cynical as the other two.
  • I have rated it good because of the cinematography and acting but I did not enjoy the film . Too much violence, pent up anger etc. No doubt these areas of deprivation exist in all developed countries not just France. The film graphically illustrates the way the children, parents and even the Police are brutalised. Very grim watching.
  • Hard to know how to score such a grim film! But well worth picking as a Film Soc choice, a few flaws in the filmmaking but showing us into a world we don’t often see and probably don’t often think about. Thanks.
  • Really powerful story, great narrative arc, well-filmed.
  • Highly engaging narrative exploring the racial, cultural, religious, moral, etc. issues within a mixed community in a Paris “project”, delivered as French films can do so well without irony, humour or embarrassment, but with tenderness and love. Very good film worth a good 4. I expect Ladj Ly will build on this and make some great films in the future.
  • Gritty hard to watch view of life in the banlieue. Final scene probably not good fit with the general mood of the film.
  • Very authentic and well-acted slightly spoiled by overplayed ending.
  • Film was well done but content was not to my taste/interest.
  • It started off well, with amazing shots of the crowds in Paris after France’s World Cup win. It was gritty and realistic, and despite the tensions there seemed to be some hope with the decent cop, Stephane, joining the crime unit. But the ending was both far-fetched (could those youngsters really organise themselves so effectively so quickly?) and depressing, as there seemed to be absolutely no way forward.
  • Not enjoyable at all; bad language and too violent.