Les Miserables is a film adaptation of a historical novel that was written by Victor Hugo in 1862. The story is an account of the lives and interactions of different characters, particularly that of an ex-convict Jean Valjean. In the movie, there portrayed different realia of the 19th century France, including law and grace, architecture and urban life, justice, religion, love, and many others in the novel.
The protagonist, Jean Valjean, is convicted and sentenced to nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread and attempted escape. Jean is also convicted to serve a prison term of five years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed the starving family of his sister. In addition, he is convicted for twelve more years of imprisonment because of the four attempts he makes to escape from prison, and another two years added for fighting back during his second escape attempt. He was jailed in 1796 and released in 1815.