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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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The director met Tahar Rahim when they shared an automobile ride from another film set. Niels Arestrup plays a villain in Jacques Audiard's previous film. See more »

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Prisoner: Take these handcuffs off!
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References You Only Live Twice (1967) See more »

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masterpiece
30 August 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

At times hard to watch but in the end you come out with the feeling of having watched a masterpiece.

Perfect acting, scenario, directing, cinematography & sound...

This is definitely not a Hollywood production, but the best of what french cinema can be.

Audiard is a great director, having previously made "Read my lips" which i also recommend.

The main actor Tahar Rahim is a revelation, keep an eye on him in the future.

Niels Arestrup is also quite good in his role as a corsican crime boss


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