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A Prophet

A Prophet

A Prophet

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup

year: 2009

colour: yes

certificate: 18

director: Jacques Audiard

runtime: 150

Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena 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 who rules 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.  But Malik is brave and a fast learner, daring to secretly develop his own plans...
Made with the filmmaker's trademark emotional intensity and ability to elevate traditional genre material to exceptional heights, A Prophet was the most universally admired work in 2009's Cannes Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize.

COMMENTS:

17/01/2010 - joanne.taylor said :

Also showing at hmvcurzon Wimbledon too: www.hmvcurzon.com

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