Loosely based on Victor Hugo's classic 1862 novel. Henri Fortin is a rough-hewn but good-hearted man whose trials and tribulations echo the story of Hugo's hero, Jean Valjean. Though born in the humblest of circumstances, Fortin encounters a diverse array of people in his life and is alternately perceived as a savior and a villain as the fortunes of the world are rocked by the events leading up to, including and immediately following the Second World War. The 317th Platoon (Pierre Schoendoerffer, 1965) Synopsis: Set near the end of the bloody Indo-Chinese War in which the Vietnamese struggled to shuck off the yoke of French colonialism, this taut, provocative French war drama chronicles the events leading up to the slaughter of the French Army's 317th Platoon, a unit comprised of 41 Laotians and a quartet of French officers that was ordered to make it back to the safety of camp Dien Bien Phu. It is an arduous journey and the soldiers must not only battle constant ambushes, but also the jungle itself. Many soldiers die along the way. When they finally make it to the camp, they find the enemy waiting. Not one member of the platoon survives the ensuing slaughter.