Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of a group of Corsicans who enforce their rule in the prison. As the 'missions' go by, he toughens himself and wins the confidence of the Corsican group.
I'd heard so many recommendations for Un prophète from people with good taste, on Letterboxd and before I joined, that at some point I forgot that it's a two and a half hour prison movie. An extra-large helping of a genre I usually avoid. Fuck.
Not long after Malik's arrival in gaol though, it stops being an account of claustrophobic, intrusive routine whilst isolated amongst thugs - and becomes a mesmerising character drama about the men stuck in this big concrete box for years, with the intense focus of Audiard's earlier films honed to master craftsmanship. And the violence was not nearly so graphic as that for which I'd been steeling myself.
Un prophète is a formidable film in every…
Since this breakout performance four years ago Tahar Rahmin has steadily continued to develop a reputation as one of the most exciting actors in Europe. His fresh-faced energy slots in perfectly with the gritty dramas he undertakes and as Malik El Djebena that youthful eagerness is on full display.
There is nothing particularly new about the story of a naive young man entering prison or the first time, only to evolve into a much smarter version by the time he is realised. What director Jacques Audiard thankfully avoids is a glorification of that process. Malik's arc through his prison sentence is carefully escalated through the years, not quickly draping him in the kings clothes ready to rule a new empire.…
The idea is to leave here a little smarter.
I missed Jacques Audiard's 2010 Oscar Nominated Best Foreign Language Film three years ago and I regret it now. I knew it was obviously good by the multitude of high ratings it was getting from Letterboxd users, but I had no idea how much I would love the film. Of course I've always been a sucker for crime dramas, but I wasn't expecting such a fresh and original story in such an unfamiliar setting.
The "how prison changes a man" story has been done numerous times before, but I don't recall ever seeing one like this. The manner in which Malik El Djebena's (Tahar Rahim) character is transformed throughout the…
Gritty french prison coming of age story where a petty criminal rises in ranks in the Corsican mob! Strong character driven story riddled with the harsh realities of prison life and its 1st cousin brutal graphic violence!
Are prisons a center for rehabilitation or a gangster boot camp!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I have wanted to watch this flick for a long, long time, and now, after watching it, I don't understand why I took so long, since it is rewarding as heaven. Amazingly directed by Jacques Audiard, in A Prophet we follow Malik (played by Tahar Rahim), who is sentenced to six years in prison. At the age of 19, unable to read or to write, he looks more fragile thant what he actually is. Soon he finds himself entangled in gang fights, with a series of tasks he must perform to win the attention of one of the prison leaders. But Malik is strong and smart, so he quickly begins creating his own plans. Through A Prophet, we basically follow…
After a superb and magnificent start, Un prophète lost some of its visceral energy and the storytelling lost some consistency. However, there were many tense and suspenseful moments that kept my attention. Its length was a bit excessive in my opinion, but still I think it was a good film, but not as great as I expected, though.
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A Prophet is a very good, well constructed film. It's the second best prison movie that I have ever seen, only after The Shawshank Redemption. Yeah, it's that good. It's very intense, gripping, and graphic. There are not as many violent scenes as one would expect from a film of this nature, but the few there is really get under your skin. With that said, I wouldn't recommend A Prophet to the faint of heart. Another warning I'll give is the length of the film. It clocks in at around two hours and forty minutes. That's not too long to a lot of people, but I figured I should put that out there. The only reason I noticed the length…
At first I thought this would be like rust and bone, being all wobbly-cam and realism shit, but although the way the two are filmed still kinda irritates me, I found that the length of the film really played to its advantage. I began to notice that the film, although not mind-blowing, constantly had my attention and I was always interested. The dream deer sequence was really wonderful and also the final shoot out sequence. Overall I rather great film.
I have been meaning to see Un prophète for a long time. The rise from petty thief to big-time criminal in a Paris jail is mirrored in pretty much every mafia movie there is. What Un prophète brings to the table is a tremendously well-written and acted main character torn between two or three worlds, played by Tahar Rahim, amidst the grimy underworld of France.
As an audience, we throw in with Malik, the main character, because we have no other choice. He is our relatable underdog. Each scene is beautifully constructed to tell us a little about him, how he is changing, and who he is. Tension is always high, whether in the prison or out. Danger is ever…
best prison movie ever
A rare blend of exhilarating thrills and intelligent, carefully constructed themes. A film about many subjects, all of them important.
Very well made and well performed movie which chronicles, step by step, a petty crook's education and growth in a French prison.
A bit confusing (because of the foreign language, and I was following the cricket at the same time), however this is a good, gritty saga. I expected more to be made of the racial tension, and the transformation of the protagonist was not quite as profound as his experiences would lead you to expect. Still, a worthy addition to the prison genre. Decent.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…