A Prophet—Movie

A thinking-person’s drama, A Prophet holds your interest from beginning to end.

Directed by Jacques Audiard and written by Audiard and Thomas Bidegain, A Prophet follows the story of 19 year-old Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim), sentenced to six years in a French prison. Unable to read or write and friendless, Malik becomes an easy target for the Corsican Mafia under the leadership of Luciani (Niels Arestrup). The Corsicans run the prison and promise Malik protection in exchange for some dirty work on their behalf.

A Prophet is compelling on several fronts. First is Malik’s story as he simultaneously follows two paths. He learns to read and write while gaining the confidence of Luciani.  We literally watch a boy become a man. The saying, “knowledge is power,” is never more true. With his newly acquired education Malik begins to think for himself, and grows restless under Luciani’s thumb. Luciani’s story is also forceful. Over the course of time, the Muslims’ power in the prison takes hold while the Corsicans’ influence diminishes. As this realization sets in, Luciani becomes more isolated, violent and desperate.

Subtitled and 155 minutes long,  A Prophet never bores. It will have you thinking long after the film ends.

3 nuggets out of 4

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2 Responses to “A Prophet—Movie”

  1. clairela Says:

    definitely going to see it now, it sounds great!

    Like

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