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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.
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.…
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…
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…
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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.
Holy shit, this is intense. Pretty much faultless, I'd go as far as saying it's up there with The Godfather as one of the best crime films of all time.
A stunning crime drama of epic proportions. Covers the topics of race, power, and the strata of society very deftly. A must watch and possibly one of the best crime films ever made!
les potes from milieu
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Very good French film about a half-breed (French & Arabic) boy trying to survive 6 years in a tough prison. He learns quickly that he has to compromise his own beliefs and feelings & learn to be a different "harder" person. Gritty and real. Would have given it an even better rating, but I really felt it didn't need to be 2½ hours long.
Easily one of the best films of the century thus far in almost every respect. Dynamic filmmaking from the ground up and some of the most tense moments on film you could ask for. Jacques Audiard got the Palme D'or for the wrong film.
An engrossing French prison drama that also has a some interesting racial angle, where the protagonist Malick is part Arab, part French, and has to choose where his allegiances lie when having to work as the underling for Corsican kingpin Cesar Luciani, played by Neils Arestrup in a scarily compelling performance. There's never a dull moment, and Director Jacques Audiard instills great humanity in all his characters.
French crime drama about a young man who gets moved into an adult jail and falls in with a group of Corsican gangsters. It charts his transformation from a boy trying to keep his head down into embarking as a career criminal. I found it interesting to see a French film like this, rather than a standard Hollywood version. Felt much grittier with real characters. It is rather long, but that gave me time to understand the characters a bit more. Certainly made me scared to end up in a French prison!
Bless film class.
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