Posted on 4/11/10 12:24 PM
I have seen "A Prophet" and declare it absolutely brilliant. Jacques Audiard is a true phenomenon of cinema as of recent. The film's production, screenplay, cinematography and everything else in general is absolutely top notch. Audiard did his homework on all the prison gangster films such as "American Me", "Blood In Blood Out" and even a touch of the "The Godfather". The difference between those and Audiards new modern day take on the genre is that "A Prophet" combines the spiritual sense of being and the mystical parables of possibly Muslim teachings and combines it with a a type of handbook for survival. In other words you have to enter a world of higher knowledge and achieve a certain spiritual state to survive in one of the ugliest and darkest worlds known to man, a prison system. As redundant as the rise of an ambitious thug is, Audiard's film is ultimately very unpredictable. In one scene you can absolutely fear a character, by the next scene you absolutely pity him. That is the skill and grace of this screenplay and vision. The emotions are played with from scene to scene which is some of the hardest tasks to accomplish in cinema. Like the story's central character; "A Prophet" has a gift through sacrificing a friendly squeamish audience. Through such a sacrifice the result is a great cinematic achievement.