A Prayer Before Dawn ★★★★

It occurred to me watching A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN that you could arrange movies on a continuum based on how interested they are in bodies as physical objects vs as receptacles for the transmission of dialogue and plot development. A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN leans hard to the former edge of the spectrum. It's besotted with how bodies move, how light plays upon them, how strong and how fragile they can be. At the moment, that's my jam, so adjust your expectations accordingly. Thrillingly minimalist in his use of exposition, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire instead leans on immersive camerawork and captivating subjective sound design to create a fresh lens for the familiar worlds of boxing films, prison films, and addiction films.