MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 495 this week

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

 -  Crime | Drama  -  26 August 2009 (France)
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 66,637 users   Metascore: 90/100
Reviews: 143 user | 252 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director James Gunn and actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel about their movie Guardians of the Galaxy.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 03 Nov 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 26 Feb 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 22 Aug 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 16 Oct 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 18 Nov 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "A Prophet" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Prophet (2009)

A Prophet (2009) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Prophet.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 43 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

25th Hour (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman
La Haine (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After local youth Abdel is beaten unconscious by police, a riot ensues on his estate during which a policeman loses his gun. The gun is found by Vinz who threatens he will kill a cop if Abdel dies.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui
Bullhead (2011)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young cattle farmer is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.

Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy
Gomorrah (2008)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An inside look at Italy's modern crime families.

Director: Matteo Garrone
Stars: Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abruzzese, Toni Servillo
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.

Director: Shane Meadows
Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tells the story of seventeen year-old J (Josh) as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Director: David Michôd
Stars: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor
A Bronx Tale (1993)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s.

Director: Robert De Niro
Stars: Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato
City of God (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Leandro Firmino
Mean Streets (1973)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A small-time hood struggles to succeed on the "mean streets" of Little Italy.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Adel Bencherif ...
...
Hichem Yacoubi ...
Jean-Philippe Ricci ...
Gilles Cohen ...
Pierre Leccia ...
Antoine Basler ...
Pilicci
Foued Nassah ...
Antaro
Jean-Emmanuel Pagni ...
Frédéric Graziani ...
...
Rabah Loucif ...
L'avocat de Malik
Slimane Dazi ...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

26 August 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Prophet  »

Box Office

Budget:

€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$2,084,637 (USA) (25 June 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prisoner: Take these handcuffs off!
See more »

Connections

Featured in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
In the same league as Gomorra
11 November 2009 | by (Ghent, Belgium) – See all my reviews

When I read that this movie has more nominations than any other film for the European Film Awards (even more than Slumdog Millionaire) I decided to go and see it. I don't regret this decision and I hope the movie wins all six awards it has been nominated for.

This movie, about a young hoodlum who in prison becomes a dangerous criminal, is in the same league as last years's Gomorra. It shows the life of criminals as it is: tough, merciless and unscrupulous. This film is miles away from the romantic image of maffia-style crime gangs we know from Hollywood. There is no honour here, no attachments, no loyalty. Only self-interest. The style of the film reflects the rawness of its subject. The photography is meant to show life in a prison, not to please our sense of aesthetics.

Why is this such a good film? Because of the radical approach to show us nothing but the raw underbelly of France, but also because of the story which has many aspects. Malik, the central character, has no true identity at all: he is not a religious Muslim (he eats pork), but he is neither French nor Corsican. The members of the Corsican clan to which he is being attached despise him because he is not one of them, and so do the religious Muslims ('les barbus'). Another interesting aspect is the development of the relationship between Malik en the Corsican capo Cesar, with a very powerful apotheosis. And there is the changing of Malik himself of course, who in the beginning of this film seems to be devoid of any emotion at all, but in the end is capable of warm feelings towards his godson and the wife of his terminally ill friend.

After having seen Un Prophète, I regret not having seen Jacques Audiards other films.


39 of 54 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Arab? Help mlm82892
THAT VERY SCENE Turned my blood to ICE frenchfriess
No way... Just no way. forever_mclaren
Seductive but shallow? birthdaynoodle
Luciani as God and Malik as Jesus/Muhammed bobertfrat-1
English Release? georgejr-888-929822
Discuss A Prophet (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?