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…
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…
"I'm going to ask a favor of you, not because you work for me, but because I trust you. Understand the difference?"- César Luciani.
I heard of this movie when reading a review for 'Starred Up' in which the person rated it as being the next best prison film to this one. So......
This was a good film, no doubt. The French/Arab thing was a bit of a mystery but you get used to it and the story as a whole is good and is well told.
The acting is good and you believe in the characters. The action is delivered in a realistic way and all adds to the story in a positive manner.
Well worth a viewing.
Indeed, crime pays in "A Prophet," the most widely valued French underworld thriller in decades, recognized as one of the best-developed crime dramas, and one of the most compelling crime figures in recent cinema history. "A Prophet" is the kind of film that makes you remember why going to the movies can be a thrilling experience.
The film tells the story of how a 19-year-old Arab youth with no family or relatives who enters a French prison as a scared, illiterate young man and emerges six years later as the area's indisputable mob kingpin. It's a hard-won journey and a metamorphosis of dubious merit that creates a tone that is both inspirational and terrifying. "A Prophet" follows the life of…
I love you, Tahar Rahim. I love you so much. He's probably my favorite working actor that isn't McAvoy. He came on the scene with this film and has delivered consistent performance after consistent performance since then (okay, Black Gold was a misstep, but that's the only one). I have an huge appreciation for his immensely varied and expressive style of acting. He says so much with his facial movements and body language. He's a very immersive performer, which is why his performances are all so organic. He has this wonderful blend of machismo and sensitivity that I just find absolutely mesmerizing. That and he's absolutely beautiful to look at. He's basically my ideal man.
......I got off track there.…
one of the top 10 gangster movie
This movie was universally acclaimed by the predominantly white middle class critics I read but after seeing it I think the acclaim it's received is the same as the acclaim given The Wire or, straying from the prison setting, Syriana or Zero Dark Thirty. These shows are filmed in a naturalistic way that purports to show what life is really like on the inside, on the streets, at CIA black sites. There is scene after scene of main characters making "tough choices," of people curled up on the floor being kicked and beaten. The male target audience is flattered for watching without flinching, for facing up to the hard "realities" of these worlds. The viewer is ultimately encouraged to understand,…
"A Prophet" is a completely engrossing experience that plays out like a genre film, colliding gangster politics and prison society for a satisfying thriller. However, what really gives the film its drive is the grit and social realism (two aspects rarely afforded by genre) packed into every scene, giving a completely unique crime drama. Unfortunately, the fact that it is French allowed it to fly completely under the American radar - though I doubt it will ever be as iconic or influential, I hope time will allow the movie to takes its rightful place along the ranks of "The Godfather" and "Goodfellas".
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.
- 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.…