This new interpretation of Hugo's epic begins with Valjean ,released after 19 years of cruelties and hard labor, reporting for parole in Dijon. Stopping at a bishop's house, he's treated with respect, but, he steals silverware, flees, and is captured. However, the bishop says the silverware was a gift, proving Valjean's innocence by giving him two silver candlesticks. Valjean is free, but the bishop asks him to remember his promise to become a new man. Valjean has risen to mayor of the village of Vigau, where he also maintains a successful factory. Joining the local police, Inspector Javert (Geoffrey Rush) is suspicious of Valjean's identity and eventually recognizes him as a former convict, but Javert has no proof when he carries his accusations to Paris. Valjean develops a relationship with Fantine (Uma Thurman), who lost her factory job because of local attitudes about her illegitimate daughter. The starving Fantine turns to prostitution, is arrested and tortured by Javert, and becomes ill. As she dies, Valjean promises to raise her daughter Cosette. Focusing on Valjean's life with Cosette. The story is set amid the action of a Revolution, a time when Cosette falls in love with a militant student, Marius (Hans Matheson). On the banks of the Seine, Valjean and Javert have their final confrontation.
The Moralistic Theory is embedded in this film. The conversation between Jean Valjean and Bishop Myriad is one of fine examples:
Mme. Gilot: [sharing their meal with homeless convict] What crime did you commit?
Jean Valjean: Maybe I killed someone... How do you know I'm not going to murder *you*?
Bishop: How do you know *I'm* not going to murder *you*?
Jean Valjean: What's that, a joke?
Bishop: I suppose we'll have to trust each other.
This showed what a servant of God must be. In our society, the priests and those who serve in the church are really the ones offering mercy and forgiveness especially to those who need it the most. Another part of the story...