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Some of the story-telling is muddled, and no attempt is made to imbue the proceedings with any kind of morality. We are presumably meant to admire the leading man's opportunism, resilience and ability to cast off and reassume his Muslim identity at will.
Audiard's fancy camera and music mannerisms are as trashy and superfluous as a Michael Mann movie: using "Mack the Knife" as a theme doesn't match Brecht but reveals Audiard's essential lack of interest in Malik's culture.
That rare film that tries to do too much, yet carries the heavy load of its themes with ease. Audiard dreams big, and his movie is unquestionably a classic crime film, because it transcends all of the conventions of the genre.
A Prophet is an extremely gripping and exciting film. The scenes leading up to moments of violence are incredibly tense and even through we know what is about to happen, the violence in this film is genuinely shocking.
It's incredible. It's gritty and powerful and ludicrously affecting. It's full of complex characters and profound little arty sequences. It makes almost every other prison drama look like The Escapist.
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.
A Prophet is as gripping as any recent film about crime and criminals, although its ill-focused attempts to incorporate elements of the supernatural (prophetic visions and ghostly apparitions) are bizarre and ineffective.