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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.
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.…
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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
If anyone reads this, please recommend me some prison dramas. I loved "Prison Break" until, well, ya know, and the obvious movies like Shawshank, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Green Mile, etc., but I need more.
The story of "A Prophet" was simple, yet full of complicated relationships between the new guy in over his head, the grizzled lifer, and their rival prison gangs. I knew nothing about the real world tension between any of the ethnic groups in the movie (I'm assuming it comes from a real place), but it's clear pretty early on that things are not going to go well. A dark, gritty, and tense prison drama that had me hooked for 2 1/2 hours and constantly begging the characters to act differently.
La odisea de Malik El Djebena -de cero sacrificable y muerto de hambre a persona digna y capo de capos- es la épica criminal de la década.
Sin aspavientos ni clichés, pero con una pulsión siempre acezante, Jacques Audiard crea un poderoso drama carcelario no ajeno al arrebato poético ni a la emoción entrañable. Las actuaciones de Tahar Rahim y sobre todo Niels Arestrup, como César Luciani, el jefe corso de caída shakespereana, son antológicas. Ojalá Audiard se anime y haga de Un profeta la primera parte de una magna trilogía, como señalara alguna vez en una entrevista.
Nota al margen: tras quedar con los nervios destrozados por su tortuosa ascensión a jefe de jefes, cómo no querer abrazar a El Djebena cuando la caravana de coches lo escolta al ritmo de Mack The Knife mientras intenta un promisorio y merecidísimo ligue.
I never thought that I'd see an utterly riveting, sometimes elliptical humanist drama set in a French prison, but now I am so glad that I have.
Slow. Slow. But if you hang in there, it works really well, and once you get to the end you're excited to start all over again another time. Tahar Rahim has been compared to a young Robert DeNiro in this performance, and I can definitely see why.
This was almost exactly what I expected, but it worked for me in a way most movies of this kind do not, and so I was still pleasantly surprised. Brilliant performances all around, some great set-pieces that were actually exciting, and a very brisk pace despite the long running time. A lot of things you’ve seen before, but done so well that they seem fresh again. Glad I finally watched it. Great movie.
Does things that movies shouldn't do. Like take you into the realm of the truly spiritual.
Took me long enough to get around to this one, the blu-ray had been sitting on my shelf, unwatched for over a year.
It's tough sometimes making time for such a long film, but definitely glad I did.
A masterpiece; very engaging film.
A Prophet, with its stylistic grittiness and catchy soundtrack, is also great because of its compelling figures, characters for people who don't often see themselves in the iconographic landscape of movies.
A Prophet is an exhausting film. I've been delaying this viewing for quite some time, though admittedly with no apparently reason. But after watching it, it certainly is draining.
The film is an interesting prison drama. It takes a realistic approach, so it would seem, in that in this case prison is not any sort of rehabilitation. It brings about a necessity for violence and illegal activity to survive. This is also helped by Tahar Rahim. The supporting cast are all very strong, but Rahim's Malik is a stunning portrayal - realistic, gritty, emotional with a performance that can stick with you longer than the duration of the film. A lot can be said about his role, and most likely…
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