A Prophet

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"Escaping the prison of life."
  • R
  • 2009
  • 2 hr 30 min
  • 7.8  (101,729)
  • 90

A Prophet is a French crime drama film that was released in 2009. The movie has been directed by Jacques Audiard and stars Tahar Rahim in the lead role. The movie explores themes such as crime, power, and oppression. The story revolves around a young man named Malik El Djebena, played by Tahar Rahim. Malik is a French Algerian who is serving a six-year sentence in a prison in France. He is illiterate and was sent to prison for attacking police officers.

Malik is vulnerable and naive when he is first introduced in the movie. But he gradually learns to navigate the complex and brutal world of the prison that he finds himself in. He is taken under the wing of a powerful Corsican gangster named Cesar Luciani, played by Niels Arestrup.

Cesar sees potential in Malik and uses him as a tool to carry out his dirty work. He orders Malik to murder an Arab inmate who is about to testify against him. The murder sets off a chain of events that dramatically alters Malik's destiny.

As Malik carries out more and more tasks for Cesar, he gains confidence and starts to become a powerful force in the prison. He becomes a go-between for the Corsicans and the Arab inmates and a trusted advisor to Cesar.

Through Malik's journey, the movie explores issues such as racial tensions, power dynamics, and the corrupting influence of crime. It also delves into the psychology of a person who is forced to commit violent acts and the toll it takes on them.

The acting in the movie is superb, especially the performances of Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup. Rahim delivers a nuanced and compelling portrayal of Malik, showing a range of emotions throughout the movie. Arestrup is equally impressive as Cesar, showing both his brutal and his vulnerable side.

The movie is shot beautifully, with stunning visuals and clever use of sound effects. The prison is filmed in a way that makes it feel claustrophobic, crammed with people and tension.

The movie also has moments of dark humor and unexpected tenderness. There are scenes of violence, but they are not gratuitous and serve a purpose in the story.

Overall, A Prophet is an intelligent and thought-provoking movie that challenges the viewer to question their assumptions about crime and justice. It is a compelling and gripping story that is sure to leave an impression on its audience.

A Prophet is a 2009 crime movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 30 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8 and a MetaScore of 90.

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    7.8  (101,729)
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