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Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet is a thrillingly lovely adaptation of the classic text, albeit one that doesn't quite capture the magic of its source material.

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The Prophet, by celebrated Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, selling over 100 million copies in forty languages since its publication in 1923. Gibran's timeless verses have been given enchanting new form in this painterly cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression. This breathtaking animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses Gibran's elegant poetry within stunning animated sequences by filmmakers Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Guide Dog), and a host of award-winning animators from around the world. Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, (Quvenzhané Wallis) out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa's return home - but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion. Featuring music from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Yo-Yo Ma. (C) GKIDSmore
Rating: PG (for thematic elements including some vioelnce and sensual images)
Genre: Animation
Directed By: , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Roger Allers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 2, 2016
Box Office: $0.3M
Runtime:
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Cast

Liam Neeson
as Mustafa
Alfred Molina
as Sergeant
Assaf Cohen
as Young Groom/Date Sel...
Gunnar Sizemore
as Bully Brat
Terri Douglas
as Village Woman
Caden Armstrong
as Bully Girl
Leah Allers
as Woman with Shawl/You...
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Critic Reviews for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (16)

What makes The Prophet worth watching is the animation.

Full Review… | August 27, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Unfortunately the drawn-out, drably rendered framing device that strings together these flights of fancy does them no service, and the devout detours merely detract from the minimal appeal of the story.

Full Review… | August 20, 2015
Boston Globe
Top Critic

With top-shelf talent like Bill Plympton, Tomm Moore and Nina Paley on board, it's no surprise that the segments are as attractive as they are different.

Full Review… | August 20, 2015
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

As a calling card for eight indie animators, it gets the job done.

Full Review… | April 13, 2016
eFilmCritic.com

An interesting experiment that compiles different styles of animation in a single film. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | January 26, 2016

An interesting project, but it misses it's target completely. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | January 26, 2016

Audience Reviews for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

½

The obvious audience for this are devotees of Kahlil Gibran. He is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao Tzu, so he obviously has his admirers. If an array of animated shorts depicting his words sounds captivating, then I'd surely recommend this to you. The series of 8 videos presented here are all of noble quality - pretty images with spoken word narration. A couple have music to accompany them. My favorite was Nina Paley's "On Children". The shadow puppets of Indonesia inspire a mesmerizing visual tableau accompanied by a song by Damien Rice. It presents a pregnant female archer who shoots an arrow into the belly of another pregnant woman, thus giving birth to another human being. It's utterly hypnotic. The entire movie was produced by actress Salma Hayek, who also gives voice to one of the characters, and supervised by director Roger Allers (The Lion King). The talent behind the camera is considerable and the intentions are clearly heartfelt. It's a pleasant diversion, but far from necessary viewing. For die-hard fans of Kahlil Gibran's poetry, however, it should prove enchanting.

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Mark Hobin

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Whether being based on some piece of classic source material merits enough fidelity to even emulate or transcend the original work. I found this animated feature based on Kahlil Gibran's poetry to be a beautifully animated and touching story. The main plot is concentrated on various character drama at play within it's unique setting, mainly coming to terms with their lives and lessons. The main plot however is distracted by a number of poetic expositions, which were given to various other animation directors utilizing various animation forms that almost completely outshine the main story. Nonetheless the visual structure and subject matter at play is enough to recommend this film.

Luke Eberhard
Luke Eberhard

Super Reviewer

½

You go with it, or you don't. If you find the actual poems themselves twee and full of blather, you won't care a jot about this sumptuously animated work that reconfigures Gibran's works into little epistles as a poet-radical in an unnamed Mesopotamian country (Lebanon) is possibly walked to freedom, or his doom. The framing story is handsomely done but conventional (a misunderstood rebellious child, a cute animal sidekick, Parents Just Don't Understand, etc.); the treat here is watching various animators in different styles illuminate Gibran's poems--"On Work" "On Marriage" "On Children" "On Death" etc. These snippets are gorgeous and soul-nourishing, not just because of the take-it-or-leave it poetry (I took it), but because of one's appreciation for the care, labor, and imagination that went into each short. ("Children" and "Work" are especially notable.) Kids won't get it, but audiences who thought "Inside Out" was a little too much inside-the-box will likely be richly rewarded.

Dean Backus
Dean Backus

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