From the opening scene, we are introduced to the Jean Valjean, a former thief whose future seems bleak. Perhaps the most beautiful and powerful scene of the film is that of his encounter with a priest. You recall the scene: the priest shows great kindness to him, and yet Valjean steals from him.
He flees, is captured and returned to the church. Rather than allow him to be jailed again, the priest assures his captors that no theft has occurred; the items in Valjean’s possession were a gift. This simple act of forgiveness empowers Valjean to turn his life around. He devotes his life from this point on to one of honesty, generosity and integrity.
The epic musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel is a story of forgiveness, redemption and love. Les Misérables is filled with imagery, symbolism, and timeless biblical truths.
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