The voiceover for this Les Miserables TV spot befuddles me.
Imprisoned for nineteen years, an innocent man will reclaim his life by saving another’s.
At no point in the story is the hero, Jean Valjean, an “innocent man.” In the opening scene, we find Valjean a prisoner and convicted thief. We hear about his past and then we see him steal again, violating the trust placed in him and spitting the hospitality of a clergyman back in his face.
Then, after the cle…