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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…
Winner of Grand Prix at 2009 Cannes Film Festival, A Prophet is a hard-hitting prison drama that borrows elements from various classics of its genre, is absolutely unflinching in both its content & narration, introduces the vastly talented Tahar Rahim in his breakthrough role, and is aggressive enough to rank amongst the most potent gangster flicks out there.
The story of A Prophet (also known as Un prophète) follows Malik El Djebena; a 19-year old petty criminal who's sentenced to six years in prison but soon finds himself caught between the two main factions, the Corsicans & the Muslims, until forced to side with the former. The plot covers his rise in the inmate hierarchy as he slowly gains the respect of…
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…
Probably director Jacques Audiard’s finest film to date, Un prophète (A Prophet) is one searing, gritty crime drama that explores many facets of not only human condition but the current status quo as well. Actor Tahar Rahim—in a revelatory star-making performance—brims with such ferocious intensity as Malik El Djebena, a juvenile delinquent of Algerian origin who climbed up the ranks of inmate system by doing illegal operations as he sways through Corsican and Arab gangsters. Audiard’s urgent and tense command of the film’s seemingly ordinary narrative gives this character study a reasonable breath of fresh of air.
The technical elements as well as the stylistic flourishes of the film are as grim as its characters, but it’s executed well, blending…
Worthy of all it's acclaim.
El ritmo al que late A Prophet, quinto largometraje del aclamado Jacques Audiard, es igual de trepidante como es contemplativo. Durante poco menos de tres horas, Audiard, con una cámara de lente cercano a manos de Stéphane Fontaine, nos vuelve testigos (por no decir cómplices) de la transformación de Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim). De ser un simple adolescente encarcelado por una explosión de traviesa ira, El Djebena se convierte tanto en un respetado capo como en un talentoso sicario.
Dentro de A Prophet, existe un amplio repertorio de posibles lecturas, planteadas por un astuto Audiard que suprime discursos y diálogos explicativos y, en su lugar, opta por llevarnos de la mano para abordar un ángulo extenuante de la vida…
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A gritty prison drama about a young inmate who learns the ropes of prison life quickly to take advantage of the situation he's in. The movie benefits greatly from excellent performances and somewhat restrained tone. It starts to feel a bit too long after the 2-hr mark and the intricacies of the story were sometimes hard to follow (not sure if something was lost in the subtitles).
A strong story about life in prison with all the things that are common in prisons.
Strong performances, strong plot and relatively strong actors.
One of the great things about genre films is that once in a while someone comes along and subverts that genre. Not always entirely but just enough that it's noticeable. Sometimes it is barely perceptible at first but slowly and surely it becomes clear just how clever the subversion is. A Prophet is one such film.
Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) has been sentenced to six years in prison He is 19 years old, illiterate and has no friends or family on the outside. Toughened by life on the streets, he is nevertheless scared in his new environment and is soon spotted by older Corsican inmate Cesar (Niels Arestrup) as an ideal candidate to do some dirty work for him.…
I bought a copy of this shortly after I first saw it, and for good cause. This only got better with another viewing.
He kinda looks like a French Casey Affleck.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…