In Cannes, 'Les Miserables' rings alarm for Paris suburbs

Actors Damien Bonnard, from left, Djebril Zonga, director Ladj Ly and actor Alexis Manenti pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Les

Actors Damien Bonnard, from left, Djebril Zonga, director Ladj Ly and actor Alexis Manenti pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Les

Actors Alexis Manenti, from left, Djebril Zonga and Damien Bonnard pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Les Miserables' at the 72nd

Actors Alexis Manenti, from left, Djebril Zonga and Damien Bonnard pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Les Miserables' at the 72nd

Director Ladj Ly, sixth from left, poses with cast and crew at the photo call for the film 'Les Miserables' at the 72nd international film festival, C

Director Ladj Ly, sixth from left, poses with cast and crew at the photo call for the film 'Les Miserables' at the 72nd international film festival, C

Actors Damien Bonnard, from left, Djebril Didier Zonga, Al Hassan Ly, director Ladj Ly, actors Issa Perica and Alexis Manenti pose for photographers a

Actors Damien Bonnard, from left, Djebril Didier Zonga, Al Hassan Ly, director Ladj Ly, actors Issa Perica and Alexis Manenti pose for photographers a

Actors Damien Bonnard, from left, Djebril Zonga and Alexis Manenti pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Les Miserables' at the 72nd

Actors Damien Bonnard, from left, Djebril Zonga and Alexis Manenti pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Les Miserables' at the 72nd

Director Ladj Ly poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Les Miserables' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern Fra

Director Ladj Ly poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Les Miserables' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern Fra

CANNES, France (AP) — A French film titled "Les Miserables" gives a gritty, modern view of the Paris suburbs that were a setting for Victor Hugo's classic novel.

The Cannes Film Festival entry "Les Miserables" portrays life in the housing projects of the Parisian banlieue of Montfermeil. It's also where the movie's director Ladj Ly is from and still lives.

On Thursday, Ly said he made his movie as "an alarm bell" and a message to French President Emmanuel Macron to see the plight of kids growing up in neighborhoods like Montfermeil.

"Les Miserables" is competing for the Palme d'Or, the top prize in Cannes.