One of my earliest heroes is Jean Valjean from Les Miserables, Victor Hugo's classic (which I must have read a dozen times, all 800 pages of it.:p) so it's about time I saw it as a movie. The hero is all that I dreamed of in my twenties and the story closely follows the book, so I'm grateful.
The story is of a hungry child who stole bread and got 20 yrs in prison for it. It is set during the time in France when reform was impossible and crimes made criminals for life.