Les Miserables

Synopsis: Henri Fortin is poor and iliterate former boxer. Ziman is rich Jewish lawyer from Paris. During WWII they meet when Fortin agrees to drive Ziman's family to Switzerland. Intrigued by Victor Hugo's novel "Les Miserables", Fortin asks the Zimans to read that book to him during the travel. Before the end of movie every main character would see his character in situations similar to those in Hugo's novel.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Claude Lelouch
Production: Warner Home Video
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
175 min

Forgive me, Lord. Forgive me.

I didn't want to be such a bastard.

Little Chimney Sweeper!

Little Chimney Sweeper

Little Chimney Sweeper!

Little Chimney Sweeper

Come back little Chimney Sweeper.

Please Forgive me!

Please Forgive me!

Little Chimney Sweeper!

Ladies and Gentlemen. Our century is about to end.

Let us bid it farewell during it's last few moments.






I wish you all a happy new year...

...and above all a happy new century.

A very happy century. - Happy century

Widowhood...For how long?

Until I find the next one.

You still wish to marry me?

For men marriage is a game. For women it is their lives.

People marry less and less.

More misery in the this century.

First i saw the day.

Then days go by.

Rainy days. Ordinary days.

I was ten. Then I was twenty.

Who remembers? T'was a while ago.

I grew up, I don't know how.

Winter came, then spring.

Came the war, came the Germans.

I saw people dance... So many people.

I saw old friends. I saw the military and the militants

I saw a penny become a buck.

'Twas yesterday, along time ago.

I saw buildings soar.

I saw intrigues and love stories.

I never talked about my life.

I knew it was forever.

Gone are the street carols, the street girls the street life.

I saw it all on the screens.

I even saw children killing children.

And I found the world to be unbelievable...

...and then just plain miserable.


The police are after you. - You said I was here?

No but I took your bags and your travel wallet just in case.

Excuse me, but I must leave.

You leave it, you loose it.

There just aren't very many count like you...

Am I for real? - More than real. It'd be a pity to stop.

I mean counts like you are a dream.

A legionary count. - That s it!

Everybody believed I was. Even me!

May be it's in your lineage?

Who knows? Family trees are intricate.

A real count wouldn't be as swift as you. It really helps you sparkling.

It helps. - Some real ones look real fake. I've seen them.

You meat your wife in my house? - That is right sir.

That is why you can ask me to do anything you want.

How old is your daughter.

It's a boy.

5 years old. Just like the cinematograph.

May he be as successful.

Thanks Henri. I'm glad you remembered the wallet.

If anything happens to me, it's yours.

Why are you saying that sir?

We're lucky we only had one flat tyre.

They made such progress with tyres...




Hands up! I said: Hands up!

Drop your gun.

It wasn't me. - I saw the whole thing.

I was suicide.

And the gun?

I didn't do it. I swear I didn't.

Henri Fortin, on the say of the ball. you said...

...one of the servants heard you...

say "It's the last time he humiliates me with his shoes."

That person your honour, has always being jealous for the counts friendship.

And Bouvier, since we are talking about him, never got over the fact that I became the counts driver.

Next time, sir!

Your shoe should be fine now.

I fixed it at both ends.

You'll waltz along just fine sir.

Yes this should be fine.

Your impression sir? - One more round.

He planed to kill himself. He said...

"If I die keep this wallet"

Your judging me on appearances.

What about the truth? The truth?

Don't say a thing. Just look nice and don't do anything foolish.

Say "Yes Sir" and "Yes Ma'am"

You see? It'll be fine.

Look at it. Pretty, eh?

Hello sir. They said there was work here.

Can you read? - No

It says "Handyman wanted"

I'm good at everything.

And him? - My son.

No, I want a man.

We left Paris along time ago and we need work. He's old enough to work and we only ask for board.

Why did you leave Paris? No work in the capital?

Help us, my husbands in prison for murdering a count. But it was suicide!

I beg you. - You learned you math?

You went under the leader. That is bad luck.

If you have problems with the police, we don't need that.

No more credit. - Please madam we are so poor.

Only for tonight. New years eve.

Naturally Mr. Bouton made eyes at Mrs. Boudin.

Naturally Mr. Bouton made eyes at Mrs. Boudin.

Therefore Mrs. Boudin made with Mr. Bouton...

... just what Mrs. Boudin made with Mr. Bouton.

Make them pay, before they get drunk. - Yes sir.

Your a cute one.

Drink up and go to bed.

Now, before the new year begins! I suggest you all do a little dancing! Lets hope than 1901 won't be so miserable.

Happy new year, honey.

Hey, cuty pie.

I'm proud of you.

Henri, I'm by the Arromanches, by the ocean.

Where life is cheaper than in Paris...

...where I found a room and board for our son...

... at the hotel "William the conqueror" named after the owner.

It's on the beach and all the people from around the area all come here to have fun.

I'll write to you often because of the priest...

who is now writing this letter...

will write them for free...

I'm ashamed to tell him I love you...

... but I know you didn't kill the count and he believes me.

About our son:
I must say he is very brave...

... and helps out at the hotel

So I no longer call him Leopold, but Henri like you...

Finnish the letter.

I'm in a hurry - Yes sir.

So I no longer can him Leopold, but Henri like you.

and then? - That is all, sir.

Period then. - Thank you, sir.

no name? - Your wife, Catherine.

About our son:
I must say he is very brave...

... and helps out at the hotel.

So I no longer call him Leopold, but Henri like you.

What does that mean? - He's got the same name as you.

Good idea.

I work on Sundays for an old lady farmer.

I am earning some money...

... and I'm saving it to get a lawyer to reopen your case.

... and writes just like I speak.

As an accountant, what did you count?

I worked with Mr. Eiffel up until the Eiffel tower was built.

With Mr. Eiffel? - Yes, Mr. Eiffel, Gustave Eiffel.

What happened?

The blueprints called for a building with four stories.

I screwed up the accounts.

So you pocketed the fourth floor. - Only built three.

I don't care. On the third floor I already feel sick.

What shall we write?

In you wife letter?

Say I love her. - You already did.

Yes, we'll say it today and again tomorrow.

Well that's nice and she'll says it too. So we'll say "I love you" and what else?

I love you. I love you allot... passionately, madly.

That's all? - It's important to say that.

He'll read three pages of I love you and think your a fool.

I'm not writing to him. I'm writing you my wife.

He reads it! - Tough luck.

He's vital. Like me.

I'm not asking you to think or comment.

It's monotonous - What?

May be I'm too intelligent but the art of writing is about rereading

Your wife will want to reread the letter. She'll hide it in her cloths or under her pillow. If it only says "I love you" She won't want to reread it. She'll find it boring.

She can't read. - So don't write

- I ask you to write "I love you" and you make all this fuss. - I'm not.

- Then who is? Me? - Yes

Let her put the letters where ever she wants. - "I love you" wont show the scenery.

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Victor Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo (French: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo] ( listen); 26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside of France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Hugo is known primarily for his poetry collections, such as Les Contemplations (The Contemplations) and La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages). Hugo was at the forefront of the romantic literary movement with his play Cromwell and drama Hernani. Many of his works have inspired music, both during his lifetime and after his death, including the musicals Notre-Dame de Paris and Les Misérables. He produced more than 4,000 drawings in his lifetime, and campaigned for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment. Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed, and he became a passionate supporter of republicanism; his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time. He is buried in the Panthéon in Paris. His legacy has been honoured in many ways, including his portrait being placed on French currency. more…

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