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A Prophet (Un prophete)2010

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)



Critic Consensus: Featuring an impressive star turn by newcomer Tahar Rahim, A Prophet is a French gangster film filled with arresting, immediate details.

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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 confidence in the process. Malik is a fast learner and rises up the prison ranks, all the while secretly devising his own plans.

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Tahar Rahim
as Malik El Djebena
Niels Arestrup
as César Luciani
Reda Kateb
as Jordi le gitan
Pierre Leccia
as Sampierro
Frédéric Graziani
as Chef detention
Slimane Dazi
as Lattrache
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Critic Reviews for A Prophet (Un prophete)

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (61)

Usually, I don't much like films in which males throw violence at any problem that comes their way... But this is such an intensely mature piece of work featuring such intensely mature performances that I was too involved to let it bother me.

August 29, 2018 | Full Review…

A Prophet is not a fabulous film, but it is well worth seeing. Although it is 2 hours 29 minutes long and its story is not surprising, it is always riveting.

January 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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But with its lush Alexandre Desplat score, deeply shadowed compositions, and fluid, understated camera movement, A Prophet is distinctly an Audiard construction.

July 12, 2013 | Full Review…

A movie that stands with the best prison thrillers from any country; a film that vividly illustrates the connection between prison and the violent, radical form of Islam that keeps much of Europe on edge.

April 21, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audiard has talked about the prospects of a sequel to A Prophet. With the foundation he has built here, it would be a welcome one.

April 2, 2010 | Full Review…

A Prophet is essential viewing for art-film buffs and crime-flick fans, but also for anyone who's looking for a great story, terrific acting and masterful filmmaking.

April 1, 2010 | Rating: 4/4

Audience Reviews for A Prophet (Un prophete)

A gripping French gangster film that depicts the many brutal changes that a man can go through after entering prison, and the 19-year-old Arab-Corsican delinquent who slowly learns to become a murderer is played with an impressive intensity by Tahar Rahim.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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An illiterate half-Arab, half-Corsican serves a prison sentence and rises to become a mob leader. This film is mediocre Martin Scorsese -- wait, it's not directed by Scorsese? Shocking! Then I guess this film is mediocre imitation Scorsese. It dark, depressing, virile, and remarkably violent. I make the Scorsese joke because films like Goodfellas and Casino achieve an impossible ethical feat: they make being a mobster seem cool; they make us say, "Gee, if I were a mobster, I'd be that cool, dressing in sherbet-colored suits." And A Prophet wants us to make the same type of ethical leap: they want us to sympathize with a character who goes through a profound ethical transformation from doe-eyed innocent to cold-blooded killer. But unlike the charming Ace Rothstein, Malik doesn't inspire, intrigue, or charm. The film's portrayal of Muslim fundamentalism doesn't get a lot of traction and its aim isn't that clear to me. Overall, Scorsese has done better - wait, are you sure he didn't direct this?

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

A morally complex and riveting study of the power struggle within the confines of prison.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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