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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…
This review may contain 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 Prophet' tells a familiar story in an unfamiliar setting; a coming-of-age gangster tale starring an Arab in a French prison. It trades on the stylised tropes of (American) crime films and imbues them with a sense of European realism. It may start off quietly and inauspiciously but, after an exciting and intensely visceral call to action, 'A Prophet' gradually gathers momentum and builds towards an operatic grandeur that recalls 'The Godfather'.
This is my favourite Audiard film. Everything from Tahar Rahim's astounding performance to the hallucinatory visions that give the film a poetic touch, often lacking in prison films, feels true. I will never forget this film.
Not as great as I hoped it would be but still engaging throughout and an acting masterclass from its main star. Audiard directs this well but I still feel let down considering it's reviews and reputation in world cinema. Started off brilliant but slightly lost its way towards the end in my eyes but I did enjoy the very end scene a lot.
A Prophet starts out promisingly, it appears to be a super realistic look at life in a prison, but it quickly loses it's way and becomes a rather dull rise through the ranks as a gang member, typically starting out as an outsider being forced into doing some of the gangs dirty work and becoming more and more involved as the plot develops.
Technically this film is fantastically put together, the acting is mostly brilliant from everyone, the cinematography nicely compliments the atmosphere of the prison itself. It's problems are all based in it's story which spends far too long drifting aimlessly, and with no real themes and characters that you just don't care about it becomes boring, and because…
Something funky about it... Not sure...
A fascinating look into the French prison system.
A terrific young actor named Tahar Mahim plays Malik, an Arab teenager sentenced to six years in prison. He's drafted by a Corsican gang that practically runs the prison to kill a fellow Muslim inmate who plans to act as a witness as part of a plea bargain. Once he does that he earns protection from the Corsicans, even though they continue to treat him like a servant because he's Arab, but because of their protection he's able to use his wiles to rise through the criminal ranks and emerge from the prison a major crime boss.
"Un Prophete" uses the prison setting to serve as a microcosm of French culture and…
Reminded me of The Godfather films but in a prison setting. Great performances, story and screenplay. A must watch for anyone who enjoys a smart and properly paced gangster story.
Basically an interesting story of prison and crime but does not really carry the whole 2 and a half hours.
Una de las mejores películas que he visto sobre la ¿vida? y tejemanejes carcelarios. Una interpretación estelar de Tahar Rahim, dirigida con la maestría de Jacques Audiard y acompañada de la música siempre perfecta de Alexandre Desplat. Me quito el sombrero.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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