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.