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.
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).
Powerful French prison movie. Loved it
I am so glad I was able to hear about this film. It traces the jail time of 19 year old Malik who early in his sentence is given the task of killing an informant by Cesar, the head of the Corsican mafia who run the prison. He competes the task, not that he is given a choice, and then falls under Cesar's protection and gradually builds his trust. While at 2.5 hours its bordering on an epic it will have you rivited as it builds steadily to a cracking conclusion. All the performances are on and the pacing is near perfect. Its movie experiences like this one that reaffirm why I love cinema. It gave me a ' cinematic afterglow'.
I'm still not really sure how to articulate what I felt what this films was missing, if anything really. It's certainly set its goalposts and reached them, a meditation on the penal system and whether or not it rehabilitates, corrects, or is just an echo chamber of illicit gangs and violence. It's convincing in its lead, his transformation segmented well with the various persons and methods that stick to him like glue. His first act of violence sticking with him like a specter granting him a strange type of prescience was better in theory than action. What the film does in downplaying its scenery into absolute "gritty" fanfare removes a certain element only brought out by the human effect. I love prison dramas, they cut out the bullshit of society and boils down interactions into power dynamics, cultural norms, and A Prophet does this with ease. I'm just not sure that it's as apocalyptic as it believes itself to be.
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Works nicely as a prison drama.
I liked the Corsican mafia angle, too.
The deer was a little much.
first time watching this and i could watch it over and over again. Great story and Tahir Rahim is so believable. Wish it was another 2 hours long
A Prophet was bad. I didn't care in the slightest what happened to anybody at all in the movie, except for maybe a combined twenty minutes of its very bloated runtime.
great story,brilliant direction and acting,background music is also charming....overall thrilling and inspiring...
Although standard for a prison tale (man survives hard time by becoming gopher to Corsican gangsters)-even one set in Paris-A Prophet is told from the perspective of France's red-headed stepchild-an Algerian serving time for brawling with cops. Though illiterate and clearly on the downside of opportunity both inside the prison and out, Tahar Rahim is plainly likable, with a matinee-idol-of-ages-past sort of presence, navigating violent waters with cautiously ambitious fervor. Chock full of staggering moments of clarity, A Prophet takes a page from the book of Goodfellas (massive compliment alert!), emphasizing the mastery of the black market (as opposed to using it to get clean). In fact, just putting the titles of both films in one sentence, it occurs to…
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- 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
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- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…