Les Misérables follows Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), a recent transplant to the impoverished Paris suburb of Montfermeil—where portions of Hugo’s novel was set—as he joins the local anti-crime squad. Working alongside his unscrupulous colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), Stéphane struggles to maintain order amidst the mounting tensions between local gangs. When an arrest turns unexpectedly violent, the three officers must reckon with the aftermath and keep the neighborhood from spiraling out of control.
This moving astronaut-mother-daughter story delivers a nuanced, profound commentary on a world where it’s difficult to find harmony between family and work, co-mingling concepts on identity, motherhood and the pursuit of heroism.The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film is the first feature by French director Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre and premiered to acclaimed reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. 94% on Rotten Tomatoes! Based on her short film Rabbit, which explored a prison program few are aware of, The Mustang is both a beautiful take on the Western genre and a moving character study of an inmate who rediscovers his own humanity through the training of a horse. Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, Sparrow) is remarkable in this soulful drama.
Consistently ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL is so brilliantly conceived and executed that it continues to inspire awe and laughter with every viewing. Shot 94 years ago, in 1926, it’s still a wonder to see the quicksilver Keaton executing mathematically precise, guffaw-inducing gags and pratfalls.
ABOUT UPTOWN FLICKS
WHY DID WE START THIS SERIES?
Because we love Harlem, its diversity, its energy and we feel that when it comes to going to the movies, there are not that many options beside the blockbusters offerings. That’s why we wanted to bring more film events to this wonderful community. Also, there’s so much information nowadays that the public is overwhelmed. So our idea is to bring to the Harlem audience our “coups de coeur”, our favorite films from France but also from all over the world, films that are often overlooked but deserve your attention. And because cinema today is also about sharing, we want our events to be a moment for all of you to share thoughts, ideas but also food and wine and to enjoy a “clé en main” event, an all inclusive event.
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