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A Prophet (2009)

Un prophète (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama | 26 March 2010 (USA)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director:

Jacques Audiard

Writers:

Thomas Bidegain (screenplay), Jacques Audiard (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tahar Rahim ... Malik El Djebena
Niels Arestrup ... César Luciani
Adel Bencherif ... Ryad
Reda Kateb ... Jordi
Hichem Yacoubi Hichem Yacoubi ... Reyeb
Jean-Philippe Ricci Jean-Philippe Ricci ... Vettori
Gilles Cohen Gilles Cohen ... Prof
Pierre Leccia Pierre Leccia ... Sampierro
Antoine Basler Antoine Basler ... Pilicci
Foued Nassah Foued Nassah ... Antaro
Jean-Emmanuel Pagni Jean-Emmanuel Pagni ... Santi
Frédéric Graziani Frédéric Graziani ... Chef de détention
Leïla Bekhti ... Djamila
Rabah Loucif Rabah Loucif ... L'avocat de Malik
Slimane Dazi ... Lattrache
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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

Taglines:

Escaping the prison of life.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Arabic | Corsican

Release Date:

26 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Prophet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$163,773, 28 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,084,637, 27 June 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To ensure the authenticity of the prison experience, Jacques Audiard hired former convicts as advisers and extras. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prisoner: Take these handcuffs off!
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Connections

Remade as A Prophet See more »

Soundtracks

Mack the Knife
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
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 WaelSee 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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