Les Miserables

Over the holidays, my sisters, nieces, and I saw Les Miserables. The film is powerful and moving, and what’s not to love about Hugh Jackman singing? But I had forgotten about the story’s adoption theme. That Jean Valjean took in Fantine’s daughter Cosette, and raised her as “his own,” his commitment as an adoptive father enduring and true.

As I’ve written before on this blog, Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness are adoptive parents to two children–Oscar and Ava–and Deborra-Lee Furness, in particular, advocates often for adoption. As I watched the movie, I couldn’t help believe that Jackman’s bone-deep understanding of adoption’s mysterious bond somehow informed his performance, rendering it both believable and breathtaking.

I loved this movie. ~

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