A Prophet

A Prophet
  • 2009
  • France / Italy
  • 2h 30min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Jacques Audiard
  • Written by: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri, Nicolas Peufaillit
  • Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif
  • Language: French, Arabic, Corsican
  • Website: www.un-prophete-lefilm.com

Naïve youth Malik (Rahim) enters prison with a view to keeping his head down, but murderous circumstance see him aligned to the Corsican mafia who run the prison. As prison population demographics begin to shift, the cunning Malik uses all his resources to elevate his financial and hierarchical status. Plotted and executed with a slow burn complexity and rare grace, this is a wonderfully mature piece of filmmaking.

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A Prophet (Un Prophète)

15 Jan 20104 stars

(18) 155min Taking its lead from Muhammad’s mantra that ‘This world is a prison for the faithful, but a paradise for unbelievers’ Jacques Audiard’s new thriller is a disquieting portrait of ambition and progression uncontained by the cell door. Callow…

French Film Festival

4 Nov 2009

Undoubtedly the biggest and strongest line up for a while, this year’s FFF UK selection is a feast of ancient and modern for Francophiles and cineastes alike. New film highlights include Anne Coco Before Chanel Fontaine’s comedy thriller The Girl from…

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