A Prophet (Un prophète)Closed Captioning
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An impressionable and vulnerable Arabic man gets thrust into a hellish prison, and ironically discovers greater opportunities for success than he ever possessed outside of the bars, in this violent melodrama from French succès d’estime Jacques Audiard (The Beat That My Heart Skipped). Tahar Rahim stars as Malik El Djebena, a petty criminal incarcerated for six years. Once inside and subjected to all of the standard brutalities that most prisoners endure (including a rough strip search), he is quickly educated in the "ways" of the prison, an institution torn violently between gangs of Corsicans and Arabs. The head Corsican thug, César Luciani (Niels Arestrup), offers Malik an ultimatum: either he rubs out an Arab inmate named Reyeb (Hichem Yacoubi), or he himself dies. Not only does Malik succeed with the hit, he earns the begrudging respect of the other prisoners, and -- after securing several days' release for good behavior -- uses off-time to forge a deeper and more multi-layered network of criminal ties than he ever dreamed possible. But as his own power and confidence grow, they threaten to outstrip César's own insistence on submission and obedience at all costs.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 146
- Fresh: 142
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 8.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Audiard has talked about the prospects of a sequel to A Prophet. With the foundation he has built here, it would be a welcome one.
Fresh: If his two previous films suggested a director dipping a few toes in dark waters, Un Prophete marks the moment when Audiard took the plunge.
Fresh: This is a class of movie that operates on a higher plane than its peers. I wrestled with it. But on some level it's here to be wrestled with.
Fresh: Although these aren't characters with whom filmgoers will have an instinctive rooting interest, Rahim and Arestrup imbue them with fascinating nuances and, in Rahim's case, surprising vulnerability.
I am astounded that this didn't win best foreign film at the Oscars. Truly an incredible movie. Though the run time might seem long for a foreign, it keeps you interested the whole time with a well crafted plot, creative cinematography, and solid performances by the actors. Don't miss out on this one.
My favorite movie from last year, would even put it among my favorites of all time
The story of a naive young kid getting thrown into a real deal prison. He become a pawn in the wars going on between rival gangs, but uses is growing street smarts to get ahead of the game. Great acting, great pacing, great story. Just when you think it's gonna zig, it zags. I would compare the level of story telling and character development with that of the Wire. Worth buying for sure.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2009
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