Another great movie coming from Europe, this time France, A Prophet will gain its cult status in the decades to follow. It is very disturbing and I do not mean disturbingun_prophete_ver2 because something disgusting and sick was shown but disturbing because it is so realistic and believable. Excellent directing and perfect casting, especially for the role of Malik El Djebena in combination with awesome script realistically portrayed life in prison and life of crime. Although the ending could have been a bit better this movie was interesting from the beginning `till the end, and I especially was impacted by the first 30 minutes of the movie and the decisions that Malik had to made. If you like crime or prison movies, A Prophet has a few revelations for you. And if you like that fucked up but realistic vibe, you’re in for a treat.

So, an uneducated young man gets six years in prison that he will have to survive. Because of his Arabic and Muslim origins, he will be a target for everybody in there. Trying to survive, and trying to make money we will witness the development of Malik from nobody to someone who means something. With these several layers of story and conflicted emotions the movie offers superb atmosphere, and after its end it urges the viewer to recommend it to friends. This excellent movie, excellent character study and excellent crime movie, although it is a bit longer, is worth every second of your time. If you let it take you away from your world and into the world of crime, you will realize that we are all living in the same crap.

Director: Jacques Audiard

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi, Reda Kateb, Jean-Philippe Ricci

Fun Facts: To ensure the authenticity of the prison experience, Jacques Audiard hired former convicts as advisers and extras.


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