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.…
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!
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.
A prophet is a staggering work of brilliance that only gets better and better every time I see it. At first I thought it was just another depressing or difficult-to-watch film about life in prison, but it's so much more than that. It's about a guy with nothing to lose… who comes of age… explores the limits of his humanity… and rises to power. Yeah, that bizarre description only captures about 90% of what this film is about.
The story begins without telling us anything about this Algerian/French kid named Malik El Djebena"s background or who he is as a person. You do feel pangs of sadness for him because of how the other prisoners treat him and you get…
Epic and bleak prison saga with touches of the fantastic, refreshingly free of the overt glorification of sociopathy and violence that are de rigueur in Hollywood versions of this genre. Not without disturbingly violent scenes, but driven by character development , Tahar Rahim's performance expertly portraying Malik El Djebena's transformation from illiterate petty criminal.
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Prison Drama where a Arab nobody becomes a big crime somebody. Great character study. Gripping.
As usual with gangster type films I struggled to keep on top of what was going on, unusually however I at least understood enough for me to enjoy it. I'm a big fan of the gritty nature of this film, the two central performances are spot on, and the story is interesting. However I got pretty lost at the ending and it didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I also think it could have done with having the run time cut down a little.
What a story.
What's the big deal? You act like you've never seen brutal violence and emotional conflict in a prison/gangland drama before. It's as long as all three Godfather movies combined and you got all the way to the end without wanting to take the DVD out of the player and hold the disc to an open flame? Wow.
Ολραητ ... δε το περίμενα ποτέ ότι η ζωή στη φυλακή είναι τόσο δύσκολη με γκάνγκστερ, ξύλο και ιστορίες για αγρίους, πείτε με ηλίθια αλλά ζω στην εποχή του καλού παγωτού που νομίζει ότι στις φυλακές τρώνε, πίνουν, κοιμούνται τσάμπα και περιμένουν να αποφυλακιστούν ,ενίοτε έβαζα στο σενάριο και την έννοια του σωφρονισμού .
Αυτη η ταινία ήταν πολύ μεγάλη ,με πολλά μπερδέματα ,δε κατάλαβα ποτέ ποιος ήταν ο προφήτης γιατί παίζει να με πήρε ενδιάμεσα κάνας υπνάκος την ωρα ενδεχομένως που έκανε πέρασμα ο προφήτης, και γενικότερα πολύ αντρική ταινία ρε παιδακι μου, φουλ τεστοστερόνη και οκ ειπαμε,ειχε τον απαλευτο.
Μακράν απο τις μεγαλυτερες λαθος επιλογες μου, η ταινια δεν ηταν χαλια για αυτο κ το 3.5 απλα δεν ειχε καμια επαφη με το γουστο μου.
A strange and incredible prison film about crime, race, politics and prophecies. Malik instantly became one of my favorite anonymous/foggy past protagonists of all-time. The use of magical realism through Malik's occasional "visions" is so vague, yet works well exactly because of how little is explained.
Was nominated for an Oscar for a reason. Go see it today. (Or you might eventually watch the English-language version, which is in development now and has a pretty damn good script adaptation).
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…