There's a great moment early on in Tom Hooper's clangorous film of the smash-hit musical Les Misérables, adapted from Victor Hugo's 1862 doorstop novel and seen by millions around the world. Having served 19 years hard labour for stealing a loaf of bread, convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is paroled under licence but is destitute because nobody in France will give a criminal a job.
Wandering starving through the countryside, Valjean falls at the door...
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