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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.…
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…
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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.
After hearing that Sam Raimi was set to direct the American remake of this movie, I decided to check it out. If the original is any indication, the remake could end up being Raimi's return to his crime dramas of the 90's such as A SIMPLE PLAN.
What makes A PROPHET so much more than your standard "rise in the mafia" movie is how little we know of the main character. We instantly empathize with him because of his naivety and his seeming innocence in a world of criminals. We don't know if he's guilty of the crime that put him in jail, but we know he has 6 years to go, moved to prison from juvy, and he can't…
A bit underwhelming for Audiard's supposed masterpiece, but still a solid, albeit overlong flick.
He could be a great director I think, but his inability to shoot anything but closeups hurts his style immensely: great characters, engaging plot and some cool concepts and all that good stuff would stay with me much longer if there were some memorable images in here.
Jacques Audiard loves outsiders who redeem themselves. I guess the politics which takes place behind bars is most interesting than the ones we normally see in the outside world. If you have the money and status,then everything just falls into place. I am seeing this after a long time,yet again the only grouse i have is that the movie could have been shorter it give it a more powerful impact. plus the director could have given more explanation on the title itself which gets mentioned just once. That being said this winner of The Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival has to rank one of the finest prison dramas in recent times.Tahar Rahim's transformation from a curly haired nobody into a ruthless and handsome badass was riveting. Niels Arestrup is equally magnificent in a role in which he conveys more thru his eyes.
Gripping, grim tale of the changing of the guard from the old ways to the new (Arab) rule
Jacques Audiard is an incredible director.
A well-developed protagonist, who enters a prison as one man and walks out as another, and a deeply rich plot allow the story of "A Prophet" to extend beyond the walls of the prison it originates from.
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Good to see a prison flick that balances the harshness of incarceration with the humanity of the incarcerated. Jacques Audiard's A Prophet never ceases its bid to find compassion for the violent men at its center, presenting criminality not as a descent into monstrousness but a lifeline for survival, a logical career path for those who exist on the dog-eat-dog outskirts of civilized society. Young Malik (Tahar Rahim), imprisoned for assaulting a cop and transformed into something far more fearsome by the film's end, does terrible things, yet his brutality always comes with a touch of naiveté and hesitation, as if he's constantly having to gird his will, to convince himself he's the hardass he's positioned himself to be. It's…
regardé à nouveau. l'un des meilleurs du cinéma moderne.
A stirring portrait of underclass survival from within the cold, unforgiving walls of a contemporary French prison. The story follows an uneducated, timid 19-year old French Algerian, Malik (Tahar Rahim), from his first day being processed into the prisoner rotation to his ascendance to hardened criminal by the end of the film. It’s a genuinely sad progression to watch, because from the moment you see him, Malik is clearly not built for this world of cutthroat opportunism. And yet he manages to not only survive but keep his head down long enough to earn the good graces of a Corsican mob boss (Niels Arestrup), after being involuntarily conscripted into the Corsicans’ gang dispute. During the course of the movie, one…
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[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…