This brutal crime drama that swept the César Awards stars Tahar Rahim in a breakthrough performance as a young illiterate Arab man who becomes a Mafioso heavyweight while serving time in a French prison.
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Vive le cinéma français!!!
Un prophète est un autre exemple formidable de la qualité des films français. Tout le respect pour le directeur Jacques Audiard.
Le film est très intense, exactement comment un bon film de crime / drame devrait être.
9/10. A la fin, j'étais un peu confus. Il semble que la fin a été légèrement précipitée. Malgré plus de deux heures, j'en aurais aimé même trois.
In the words of New Yorker's film critic Anthony Lane:
(...) "On a short furlough, Malik goes through airport security and, without thinking, opens wide and sticks out his tongue, as he would during a regular inspection. It’s a moment of greatness, like Chaplin walking away from an assembly line in “Modern Times", (...) and it suggests that you never really get out of jail. You just take your cage and leave. "
I never expect to respond to contemporary realist European cinema. As beautiful as the films can be, they are often too cold and removed for me to touch them, and for them to touch me back. This film touches.
Holy crap, this was even better than the hype lead me to believe. What a miracle of a movie! The fact that a 2 1/2 hour prison film wasn't in the least bit dull for a second was impressive enough, but to have it also be exquisitely shot, acted and written is even more impressive! This entire film was a completely immersive and wonderful experience! Loved every second of it and would gladly watch it again!
It wouldn't be truthful to suggest this film is above criticism, but after watching it I didn't have anything to say or any qualms at all. To put it simply: just watch it. It's a worthy addition (as well as a new spin) to the gangster genre.
A masterfully told story about survival of the fittest. Malik enters prison a petty criminal who can't read or write and slowly rises through the criminal ranks on the inside and the outside with an innate, intense survival instinct. Claustrophobic, violent, smart and gritty, no matter what Malik does, he never looses his humanity, which keeps you on his side. A beautifully directed and acted film. A must-see.
Understated and realistic, A Prophet isn't just a blend of The Godfather and a prison film, but is more detailed in its evaluation of criminal power dynamics, and is more contemplative. Unlike Coppola's series, it has a lesser emphasis on the climax of action, and more patience for interaction. This is evident in its actors: Rahim's subtly sympathetic and humanistic acting is a counter to Arestrup's brooding menace.
The movie is long but it never gets boring. The violence and realism of some scenes were a punch in the stomach of the viewer. Malik proved himself to be a lone survivor and a smart player during the course of those six years in prison. The visions that he had of the man he murdered in the beginning were probably my favourite parts in the entire movie. Nice overview of the dynamics/conflicts inside french prisons.