At the beginning of Les Misérables, Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman, is released from prison after nineteen years. He decides to break his parole to start a new life, and Javert (Russel Crowe) vows to find Valjean and have him put back in prison. A few years later Valjean is living under a different name and now owns a factory. When the foreman finds out that one of the employees, Fantine (Anne Hathaway), has an illegitimate child, he fires her to preserve the factory’s reputation. Fantine becomes a prostitute and Javert tries to arrest her after she attacks a customer in self-defense, but Valjean takes her to a hospital and promises to provide for her daughter, Cosette (Isabelle Allen/Amanda Seyfried), who is living with the Thénardiers (Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen) and their daughter Éponine (Natalya Angel Wallace/Samantha Barks).
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