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In Cannes, 'Les Miserables' Rings Alarm for Paris Suburbs

More than 150 years after Victor Hugo's classic novel, a French film titled Les Miserables gives a gritty, modern view of the Paris suburbs where Jean Valjean first met Cosette. Ladj Ly's Les Miserables, which premiered Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival, contains no singing or romance, but rather a tough, The Wire-like street-level portrait of the Parisian banlieue of Montfermeil. It's the same neighborhood where Ly, 37, grew up and still...

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