Great tale of survival & growth w/ strong scenes of violent, racially-charged prison life.
almost 6 years
Amazing movie! A man starting from the bottom who climbs the ladder in jail. A must see.
A Prophet (French: Un prophète) is a 2009 French prison film directed by Jacques Audiard. Audiard claims that the film aims at "creating icons, images for people who don't have images in movies, like the Arabs in France," though he also had stated that the film "has nothing to do with his vision of society," and is a work of fiction.
The film was a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards, in 2010, when the Oscar went to the Argentine crime drama, The Secret in Their Eyes.
Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim), nineteen years old, French of Algerian descent, is sentenced to six years in prison for attacking police officers. Alone and illiterate upon his arrival, he falls under the sway of Corsican mobsters, led by Cesar Luciani (Niels Arestrup), who enforces a brutal rule.
The prison is divided between two main factions: the Corsicans and the Muslims. Malik keeps to himself. When Luciani forces him to be the unwilling assassin of Reyeb, a Muslim witness, Malik gains...