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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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prison | corsican | muslim | mafia | arab | See more »

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Crime | Drama

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

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Budget:

€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$2,084,637 (USA) (25 June 2010)
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Prior to making this film, Jacques Audiard had screened a film for prisoners in France. Shocked by the prison conditions, he decided his next film would take place in one. See more »

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[first lines]
Prisoner: Take these handcuffs off!
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Featured in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »

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Mack the Knife
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Performed by Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Best film of 2009, a landmark film for French Cinema
13 December 2009 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

Yes this movie is violence. Yes this movie contains racism and some unpleasant actors, but prisoners usually aren't stand up citizens. And these characters and location of the film are essential to the core message of the film, I guess if you don't know at least the basics of Islams or some of its myths then maybe the movie might go over your head. But I wouldn't dare spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet. But this movie is a modern work of art (and I adhere to a very strict definition of art) and even if you might not "get it" it should be thoroughly enjoyable, the cast does a marvelous job (a testament to the director's skill), and it's marvelously shot and cut. This is the kind of movie where you can't look away, every scene flows seamlessly into the next. So yeah, go watch it as soon as you get the chance.


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