A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Featuring an impressive star turn by newcomer Tahar Rahim, A Prophet is a French gangster film filled with arresting, immediate details.

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Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena, part Arab, part Corsican, cannot read or write. Arriving at the jail entirely alone, he appears younger and more fragile than the other convicts. He is 19 years old. Cornered by the leader of the Corsican gang currently ruling the prison, he is given a number of "missions" to carry out, toughening him up and gaining the gang leader's confidence in the process. Malik is a fast learner and rises up the prison ranks, all the while secretly devising his own plans.
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R (for strong violence, sexual content, nudity, language and drug material)
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Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Tahar Rahim
as Malik El Djebena
Niels Arestrup
as César Luciani
Reda Kateb
as Jordi le gitan
Antoine Basler
as Pilicci
Leïla Bekhti
as Djamila
Pierre Leccia
as Sampierro
Foued Nassah
as Antaro
Frédéric Graziani
as Chef detention
Slimane Dazi
as Lattrache
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Critic Reviews for A Prophet (Un prophete)

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (39)

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November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

A movie that stands with the best prison thrillers from any country; a film that vividly illustrates the connection between prison and the violent, radical form of Islam that keeps much of Europe on edge.

April 21, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
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Audiard has talked about the prospects of a sequel to A Prophet. With the foundation he has built here, it would be a welcome one.

Full Review… | April 2, 2010
Associated Press
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A Prophet is essential viewing for art-film buffs and crime-flick fans, but also for anyone who's looking for a great story, terrific acting and masterful filmmaking.

Full Review… | April 1, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The success of Malik is sheer American dream via France: Anyone can make it if they try hard enough. Make it at what, of course, is always the question.

Full Review… | March 26, 2010
Detroit News
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Audiard never overplays the new experiences facing Malik, be they violent or touching. Yet his tender regard for our complicated hero shines through.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Denver Post
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Audience Reviews for A Prophet (Un prophete)

A gripping French gangster film that depicts the many brutal changes that a man can go through after entering prison, and the 19-year-old Arab-Corsican delinquent who slowly learns to become a murderer is played with an impressive intensity by Tahar Rahim.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

An illiterate half-Arab, half-Corsican serves a prison sentence and rises to become a mob leader. This film is mediocre Martin Scorsese -- wait, it's not directed by Scorsese? Shocking! Then I guess this film is mediocre imitation Scorsese. It dark, depressing, virile, and remarkably violent. I make the Scorsese joke because films like Goodfellas and Casino achieve an impossible ethical feat: they make being a mobster seem cool; they make us say, "Gee, if I were a mobster, I'd be that cool, dressing in sherbet-colored suits." And A Prophet wants us to make the same type of ethical leap: they want us to sympathize with a character who goes through a profound ethical transformation from doe-eyed innocent to cold-blooded killer. But unlike the charming Ace Rothstein, Malik doesn't inspire, intrigue, or charm. The film's portrayal of Muslim fundamentalism doesn't get a lot of traction and its aim isn't that clear to me. Overall, Scorsese has done better - wait, are you sure he didn't direct this?

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

A morally complex and riveting study of the power struggle within the confines of prison.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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