My wife and I watched one of our favorite movies again tonight. Les Miserables is beyond excellent.
When we look through the movies while deciding what we may watch together we often pass over this one, likely because its so emotionally involving. Some movies are so good their almost too good, and thereby difficult to watch repeatedly - Les Miserables falls into this category.
Having never read the book I was first exposed to this story with this version of the movie. I was simply blown away. I remember watching certain scenes over and over again to soak up the messages displayed therein.
There are several extraordinary scenes depicting redemption (these are among my favorite scenes from any movie):
1) The priest giving the silver candlesticks to Valjean and the conversation thereafter
2) Valjean's intervention in a court to spare another from suffering for his crimes
3) The very last scene depicting the interaction between Valjean and the inspector
A drastically powerful story of redemption and forgiveness. Simply magnificent...
If you have not seen this yet, do yourself the favor.