Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe that is still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 28th year.
Helmed by The King’s Speech’s Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title Films/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit and newcomer Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the endurance of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway)
young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Members of the Truly Moving Picture Award jury thought the film’s themes of grace in opposition to legalism, self-sacrifice for higher ideals and heroism were clearly and poignantly portrayed. The jury marked the film’s high artistic excellence in many areas, including strong performances by the cast, creative cinematography and unique/creative direction. Additionally, the jury found the film to be visually stunning; sets and costuming were amazing and historically accurate down to minute details. The art direction was noteworthy, the music well-performed and powerful.