Based on the book by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, Les Misérables has been running as a musical on the London stage since 1985. It is without doubt one of the world’s most popular stage productions, and has toured the far corners of the globe with its powerful, haunting music and deeply human, bitter-sweet story. Against the background of social unrest in 19th Century France, Hugh Jackman brings to screen the tortured soul of Jean Valjean, a French convict of nineteen years, newly released from prison.
Exploring the great universal themes of passion, sacrifice, love, justice and redemption, Les Misérables sings the human story with an impact that is proving timeless.
Damaris created two video features, a Leader’s Guide and a Supplementary Resource for Churches.
The video features (below) use clips and interviews to explore issues raised by the film. “Fresh Starts” invites us to consider the contrasting stories of Javert and Valjean as they highlight for us the struggles we may face as we respond to an opportunity for a fresh start. Meanwhile “Difficult Choices” asks us to consider how, when faced with difficult decisions like those of Valjean and Fantine, we decide what is the right thing to do.
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The Leader’s Guide provides all you need to put on an event around the film (for a few friends or a large group) and contains template posters, invitations, themed recipes, quizzes, discussion questions and background information.
The Supplementary Resource for Churches provides additional questions and reflections for use by churches, to help people engage more deeply with the spiritual ideas raised by the film.