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A Prophet (2009) More at IMDbPro »Un prophète (original title)

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A Prophet -- Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena, part Arab, part Corsican, 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 currently ruling the prison, he is given a number of ���missions�۝ to carry out, toughening him up and gaining the gang leader�۪s confidenc..
A Prophet -- A young Arab man (Rahim) serving time in a French prison transforms into a mafia kingpin.
A Prophet -- A young Arab man (Rahim) serving time in a French prison transforms into a mafia kingpin.
A Prophet -- Nineteen year-old Malik (Tahar Rahim) is condemned to six years in prison. Arriving in jail friendless and alone with no-one to protect him, he soon finds himself drawn into the brutal violence and gang warfare of daily prison life. Taken under the wing of a powerful boss, Malik is initiated into the criminal ranks. Once on the outside, he is entrusted with more and more important missions. But Malik is brave and a fast learner and secretly has his own plans that don’t involve taking orders from anyone else.
A Prophet -- A young Arab man (Rahim) serving time in a French prison transforms into a mafia kingpin.


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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tahar Rahim ... Malik El Djebena

Niels Arestrup ... César Luciani
Adel Bencherif ... Ryad

Reda Kateb ... Jordi
Hichem Yacoubi ... Reyeb
Jean-Philippe Ricci ... Vettori
Gilles Cohen ... Prof
Pierre Leccia ... Sampierro
Antoine Basler ... Pilicci
Foued Nassah ... Antaro
Jean-Emmanuel Pagni ... Santi
Frédéric Graziani ... Chef de détention

Leïla Bekhti ... Djamila
Rabah Loucif ... L'avocat de Malik
Slimane Dazi ... Lattrache
Serge Onteniente ... Le juge d'application des peines
Hervé Temime ... Le procureur
Taha Lemaizi ... Hassan
Mohamed Makhtoumi ... Tarik
Karim Leklou ... Musulman couloir
Farid Larbi ... Musulman couloir
Doula Niang ... Musulman couloir
Mamadou Minte ... Latif
Guillaume Verdier ... Michka
Mourad Frarema ... Khalid
Zohra Benali ... Mère Mohamed
Sabar Kabbouchi ... Travailleur social
Eric Badoc ... Travailleur social
François De Courcelle ... Travailleur social
Nathanaël Maïni ... Garde Sampierro
Charles Maestracci ... Corse
Laurent Blanquet ... Corse
Jean-Pierre Guinebert ... Corse

Pascal Henault ... Corse
Hakim Sid ... Le chimique
Kamel Labroudi ... Un auxi
Mustapha Benstiti ... Caillera
Alain Raymond ... Gardien fouille
Franck Xabrame ... Maton cour d'honneur
Didier de Backer ... Gardien fouille
Patrick Mochen ... Gardien fouille
Gilles Bellomi ... Gardien
Malaïc Mekeri ... Belmont
Fadil Kadri ... Policier enquête
David Dupays ... Policier commissariat
Arsène Benziane ... L'Ours
Kamel Ferrat ... Chauffeur de Lattrache
Karim Traikia ... Collègue Lattrache
Cindy Danel ... Sophie
Abdelaziz Mahtou ... Mohamed Gazil
Alexandre de Seze ... Chef du centre d'appels
Kamel Saadi ... Arabe
Slim El Hedli ... Arabe
Farid Elouardi ... Arabe
Veronica Ghio ... La blonde de Marbella
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christophe Aquillon (as Chris Aquilon)
Sonia Hell ... Une matonne (uncredited)

Salem Kali ... Prisonnier rebelle (uncredited)
Laurent Mendy ... Le basketteur (uncredited)
Franck Pech ... Gardien de prison (uncredited)

Alaa Safi ... Prisonnier rebelle (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Audiard 
Writing credits
Thomas Bidegain (screenplay) and
Jacques Audiard (screenplay)

Abdel Raouf Dafri (original screenplay) and
Nicolas Peufaillit (original screenplay)

Produced by
Lauranne Bourrachot .... producer
Martine Cassinelli .... producer
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
Marco Cherqui .... producer
Antonin Dedet .... line producer
Paolo Nino Cence .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
Cinematography by
Stéphane Fontaine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Juliette Welfling 
Casting by
Richard Rousseau 
Production Design by
Michel Barthélémy 
Art Direction by
Etienne Rohde 
Set Decoration by
Boris Piot 
Costume Design by
Virginie Montel 
Makeup Department
Laurence Boulet .... hair stylist
Alexandra Bredin .... hair stylist
Pierre Chavialle .... key hair stylist
Frédérique Ney .... key makeup artist
Alice Robert .... makeup artist
Production Management
Aurélie Brenguier .... assistant unit manager
Claire Langmann .... unit production manager
Sandra Marinier .... assistant production manager
Paolo Nino Cence .... assistant production manager
Cyrille Pailles .... assistant production manager
Thomas Philip .... assistant unit manager
Alix Raynaud .... co-production manager
Thibault Spiral .... assistant unit manager
Thomas Spiral .... assistant unit manager
Augustin Werkoff .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Dachet .... second assistant director
Fred Grivois .... dream sequence director
Denis Kralj .... second assistant director: locations
Julie Navarre .... third assistant director
Serge Onteniente .... first assistant director (as Serge Oteniente)
Boris Vassallo .... third assistant director
Art Department
Matthieu Genin .... set dresser
Karim Lagati .... assistant property master
Pascal Leguellec .... assistant art director
Lionel Mathis .... assistant art director
Manuel Mougin .... property master
Anne Pelosi .... assistant art director
Thibaut Peschard .... assistant set dresser
Boris Piot .... set dresser
Xavière Protat .... third assistant decorator
Geraldine Scaramela .... assistant property master
Martinus Van Lunen .... construction coordinator
Bruno Via .... assistant art director
Bruno Vitti .... propmaker
Sound Department
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Marc Doisne .... sound re-recording mixer
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Jean-Paul Hurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: Dolby
Florian Penot .... assistant foley artist
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Stephane Rabeau .... sound editor
Caroline Reynaud .... assistant sound editor
Cyrille Richard .... assistant sound editor
Rafael Ridao .... boom operator
Brigitte Taillandier .... sound
Benjamin Viau .... foley recordist
Francis Wargnier .... sound editor
Marie Giustinati .... synchro rushes (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sebastien Alagnon .... special effects
Jean-Christophe Bourgeois .... special effects technician
Noel Chainbaux .... special effects assistant
David Luce .... special effects
Olivier Marais .... special effects
Julien Poncet de la Grave .... special effects supervisor
Olivier Robert .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Yoann Copinet .... vfx editor
Fabrice Fernandez .... digital compositor
Vincent Frei .... digital compositor
Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge .... flame artist: Mac Guff Ligne Paris
Amélie Guyot .... matchmover
Gaston Marcotti .... digital artist
Benoit Philippon .... digital compositor
Stephanie Saillard .... digital compositor: Mac Guff
Guillaume Schmitter .... I/O management: Mac Guff
Antonin Seydoux .... compositor
Martial Vallanchon .... visual effects supervisor
Laurent Alexandre .... stunts
Malki Attar .... stunts
Affif Ben Badra .... stunts
Eddy Benguedih .... stunts
Serge Beuchat .... stunts
Delphine Boulay .... stunt driver
Stéphane Boulay .... stunt coordinator: car stunts
Damien Buffard .... stunts
Gil Demurger .... stunts
Jean-Jacques Desplanque .... stunts
Malik Diouf .... stunts
Jean-Jacques Domingues .... stunt driver
Mohamed Elachi .... stunts (as Mohamed El Achi)
Eric Etje .... stunts
Pascal Garnier .... stunt driver
Christian Hening .... stunts
Mouloud Ikhaddelene .... stunts
Grégory Loffredo .... stunts (as Gregory Loffredo)
Philippe Morel .... stunts
Laurent Mulot .... stunt driver
Christophe Roblin .... stunt driver
Alaa Safi .... stunts (as Alaa Oumouzoune)
Olivier Schneider .... stunt coordinator
Michaël Troude .... stunts
Sebastien Vandenberghe .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Xavier Cholet .... gaffer
Thomas Collignon .... first assistant camera
Aurélien Dubois .... second assistant camera
Camille Durin .... apprentice camera
François Gallet .... second assistant camera
Antonin Gendre .... key grip
Guillaume Gouas .... electrician
Mathieu Le Bothlan .... first assistant camera
Gregory Pagnier .... second assistant camera
Ludovic Petit .... electrician
Sébastien Plessis .... electrician
Luc Reyrolle .... electrician
Marie Spencer .... camera operator: second camera
Pascal Villanueva .... generator operator
Casting Department
Geneviève Acien .... extras casting
Mohamed Belhamar .... casting assistant
Mohamed Belhamar .... extras casting
Catherine Deserbais .... extras casting
Julie Gouet .... casting assistant
Julien Grossi .... casting: Marseille
Sylvie Peyre .... casting assistant
Michael Taupin .... casting: Marseille
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elfie Carlier .... costumer
Ariane Daurat .... wardrobe
Olivia Lahougue .... wardrobe supervisor
Isabelle Pannetier .... costume supervisor
Paulette Ribot .... costumer
Editorial Department
Miguel Bejo .... telecine dailies colorist
Lionel Cassan .... assistant editor
Ornella Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Sophia Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Isabelle Julien .... colorist
Frederic Jupin .... digital conformation
Margot Meynier .... assistant editor
Sarah Zaanoun .... trainee editor
Location Management
Lysiane Biagini .... location scout
Philippe Groff .... location scout
Christophe Jarosz .... assistant location manager
Guillaume Plumejeau .... location scout
Music Department
Jean-Pascal Beintus .... orchestrator
Alexandre Desplat .... musician: piano
Andrew Dudman .... score mixing engineer
Andrew Dudman .... score recording engineer
Xavier Forcioli .... music programmer
Xavier Forcioli .... music: production
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack coordinator
Frédéric Junqua .... music supervisor
Philippe Mace .... musician: percussion
Sylvain Morizet .... additional orchestrator
Vincent Segal .... musician: electric violincello
Other crew
Stéphane Boulay .... travelling car
Xavier Forcioli .... programmer
Fred Grivois .... title designer
Marc Leroyer .... weapons coordinator
Christelle Meaux .... assistant supervisor
Natasha Mehler .... producer: second unit
Rolland Nicolas .... production assistant
Antonin Peretjatko .... making-of director
Pierre-Axel Vuillaume-Prézeau .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Un prophète" - France (original title)
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Rated R for strong violence, sexual content, nudity, language and drug material
155 min | France:150 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Austria:16 | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Québec) | France:12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #45559)

Did You Know?

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 »
[first lines]
Prisoner:Take these handcuffs off!
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Movie Connections:
References You Only Live Twice (1967)See more »
Bridging the GapSee more »


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95 out of 113 people found the following review useful.
Watch the Renaissance of French Cinema - a Must-See, 12 January 2010
Author: Radu_A

One of the biggest surprises of 2009, Jacques Audiard's 'Un Prophète' is the best French film in a decade, garnering strong critical and word-of-mouth support and winning the Grand Prix in Cannes (which for years now means that it's the actual festival winner). The surprise is that the story is far from being original: a young Arab sentenced to (adult) prison for the first time is forced by a Corsican mafia boss running the strings there to do his bidding. By and by, he manages to use his underling position to his own advantage. So it's a typical hard-boiled underdog story - what makes it so great then?

'Un Prophète' doesn't differ much in style from the French films of late, which were often so hell-bent on displaying life as a gritty and boring affair, and resorted to radical violence to underscore this point, that spectators were almost forced to feel disgusted, which was then claimed to be a denominator of the film's artistic success. This phenomenon has been called 'New French Extremity'. What Jacques Audiard has done is to combine the aesthetics of this trend with the traditions which once made the French film industry the most power- and meaningful in Europe, namely to focus on the relationship of the leading actors. The result is a film that is totally engaging from the first minute, because it entrusts the actors with the task of transforming the script into something of their own making.

And boy oh boy, Tahar Rahim does that job. A newcomer with a little bit of TV experience, his performance carries 'Un Prophète' with amazing vigor. It's a big chance, and he takes it. Would this be an English-language film, he'd be a surefire contender for the awards. His nemesis is portrayed by Niels Arestrup in an equally flawless, yet much more routinized way, which juxtaposes the two characters perfectly. Add to this the sophisticated editing already present in Audiard's last film 'De battre mon coeur s'est arreté' (2005), and you have the best European film of 2009, in spite of a story that you will most likely have seen dozens of times already.

If you usually don't like European movies, or if you have only time to see one a year, watch this one - you won't regret it.

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