Victor Hugo is one of the most famous writers in French literature. This is because he penned one of the most popular novels about social unrest amidst the backdrop of the bloody French Revolution. Les Miserables is required reading for all students because of it powerful message of despair, hope and redemption. It is the story of the convict Jean Valjean who reinvents his life in order to make up for his past sins. The Seine portrayed in the movie played by Russell Crowe as the dreaded Inspector Javert is actually Avon Weir located in Bath, United Kingdom. The location does look a lot like the actual Seine in Paris.