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A Prophet (2009)
"Un prophète" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  26 August 2009 (France)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

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Nineteen year-old Franco-Arab Malik El Djebena is just starting his six year prison sentence in Brécourt. Although he has spent the better part of his life in juvenile detention, this stint is his first in an adult prison. Beyond the division of Corsicans and Muslims in the prison (the Corsicans who with their guard connections rule what happens in the prison), he has no known friends or enemies inside. He is just hoping to serve his time in peace and without incident, despite having no prospects once he's out of jail since he's illiterate and has no support outside of the prison. Due to logistics, the head of Corsican inmates, a sadistic mafioso named César Luciani, co-opts Malik as part of the Corsicans' activities, not only regarding what happens inside the prison, but also continued criminal activities outside. The innocent Malik has no idea what to do but cooperate. This move does not sit well with the other Corsicans, who only see Malik as a dirty Arab, and the Muslims who now ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for strong violence, sexual content, nudity, language and drug material | See all certifications »

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€12,000,000 (estimated)

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$163,773 (USA) (26 February 2010)

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$2,084,637 (USA) (25 June 2010)
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Surviving and Graduating in Crime
27 August 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The illiterate eighteen year-old Franco-Arab Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is sent to Brécourt prison sentenced to six years for assaulting police officers. Alone and without money, Malik finds unprotected in an environment of corruption and violence divided by the Corsican and Muslim gangs. The powerful Corsican mobster César Luciani (Niels Arestrup) forces him to kill the Muslin Reyeb (Hichem Yacoubi) and then gives support and protection to him in his gang. Malik befriends Ryad (Adel Bencherif) that teaches him how to read and write and they become best friends. Meanwhile César uses Malik to help him outside prison in his dirty business with casinos. Malik also learns how to deal drugs and climbs positions in the hierarchy of César's mafia.

"Un Prophète" is the story of a smalltime punk that leans how to survive in a French prison and graduates in crime in the end. The acting is great; the story is very realistic; but this film is overrated in IMDb. The title "A Prophet" is never clear and the director Jacques Audiard uses the surrealistic vision of Reyeb to give the status of cult to this film that is in the end, a good movie about prison. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Profeta" ("The Prophet")


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