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Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015)



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) GKIDS
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Liam Neeson
as Mustafa
Alfred Molina
as Sergeant
Salma Hayek
as Kamila
Assaf Cohen
as Young Groom/Date Seller
Gunnar Sizemore
as Bully Brat
Terri Douglas
as Village Woman
Caden Armstrong
as Bully Girl
Leah Allers
as Woman with Shawl/Young Bride
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Critic Reviews for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (17)

What makes The Prophet worth watching is the animation.

Full Review… | August 27, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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

For audiences interested in an earnest, inspirational story, full of timeless messages and beautiful animation, this is a lovely reminder of how to live life with purpose and joy.

Full Review… | August 20, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

The eight independently produced vignettes, culled from Gibran's larger work and strung together by director Roger Allers to create a storyline where there was none, are an entertaining lot.

Full Review… | August 13, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film is likely to attract new readers to the book - and remind longtime fans why they were attracted to the writings in the first place.

Full Review… | August 13, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet


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

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. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer


Despite an overlong and somewhat overly juvenile opening sequence, the film settles down into a beautifully animated, thoughtful meditation on various aspects of life and where they derive their origins from. Viewers who can make it past the first 15-20 minutes of the film will be rewarded with a gorgeous, inspiring film. Hang in there -- it's ultimately worth the wait.

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