LES MISERABLES DYSTOPIAN FUTURE AU
ex-convict valjean finds that even after serving an extraordinary amount of time for a small theft he is unable to find any place where he will be accepted. not only that, but many of the towns he knew well before prison were abandoned or simply gone.
when he breaks parole inspector unit javert begins to chase his tail, and circumstances force him and the young child he takes into his care to paris.
once a shining cultural beacon and now a grey claustrophobic labyrinth where the curfew sirens and shriek of electric train rails taking the rich from party to party cover the wails of children as they starve and the cries of the poor in the undercity.
what valjean does not know is that there are whispers of a group of revolutionaries congregating below as well…
“A Little Fall Of Rain” still from Les Miserables. THIS SCENE IS GOING TO BREAK ME I’M NOT READY.
Why is it that Éponine hasn’t been marketed as much as some of the other characters as they’ve been promoting “Les Misérables”? Her character is one of the most well known in the musical, not to mention that she sings one of the most iconic songs. I know Samantha Barks isn’t nearly as famous as…
I’m sure part of it has to do with the fact that Samantha Barks is a newcomer on the film scene. However, most if it is simply because Éponine is not a major character. I know she has a lot of fans who identify with her, but at the end of the day, she could be removed completely from the story of Les Misérables (which some film adaptations actually did) and her absence would not affect the major events at all.
Fantine may not have as much overall screentime, but she is absolutely integral to the story. She’s the hinge and catalyst for much of the conflict. Cosette is similarly important (I thought the international trailer did a good job of highlighting this). These two women get the most promotion because they are central characters. Éponine simply isn’t.
I love all the Les Mis women, but I’ve seen too many people lately claim Éponine is more important or “vital” of a role than Fantine, and that’s just patently untrue.
i had liked les mis, but i really didn’t get what all the fuss was about for a long time. one day when i was home sick, i saw the tenth anniversary concert with my mom. she started crying at empty chairs and didn’t stop until the finale. i later asked why she was crying so hard for so long, and she simply said “to love another person is to see the face of god.” she died three months later. now, every time i see les mis or just hear one of the songs, i cry like a baby. not because i am thinking of how much i miss mom, but because how much there is to be said for simply living, fighting, dreaming, and loving. it makes me think about the beauty of loving other people, and that, my friends, is what theatre should be.
That’s the line of the show, and the one that I feel encapsulates everything Victor Hugo was trying to say in his 1400+ page beast of a novel.
It makes me cry, too.