A prophet

A prophet

Un prophète

DVD - 2010 | French
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Malik el Djebena, who is condemned to six years in prison, cannot read or write, but soon figures out the politics of the prison. Though Malik is only 19-years-old, the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison corners him and gives him certain 'missions' to carry out. He quickly gains the confidence of the gang leader, as these assignments begin to toughen him up. But Malik soon develops some plans of his own.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2010]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (155 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Performers: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi, Reda Kateb.
Audience: MPAA rating: R; for strong violence, sexual content, nudity, language, and drug material
Language Note: French, Portuguese or Spanish dialogue; English, Portuguese or Spanish subtitles
UPC: 043396343566
043396357891
Call Number: DVD FOREIGN P FRENCH
Alternative Title: Prophète
Un prophète

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Byond
Jan 27, 2019

I have replaced what was found here yesterday. Potential viewers of the DVD should prepare themselves for possible difficulties. The is in non standard coding; I missed most of the subtitles on my player, and subsequently never really got off the ground with the Cyber player on the computer. At last perfection with VLC.
Running time is one hour fifty five minutes; but its a long story, and seems to justify the length. The Godfather was two hours and fifty five minutes.
The story, if not the language, is Shakespearean. I found there were several characters that engaged my interest and empathy. This one requires more patience than what I needed for 'Starred Up', which left a stronger impression on me than any other prison set drama I've seen.
The two leads nail it, Caesar, the resident mob boss, and Malik, whose prison career is the story line. The actor playing the role could be mistaken for a young Warren Beatty from time to time.
This was all about getting ready for the 'Sisters Brothers' by the same director. I have no problem with how he handled this one, although he shoots some scenes in near dark, which might have saved him some trouble.
It seems also that, putting this together, they used some footage just to allow Desplat's music to affect the mood. Would have been a bummer to hire him and not give him some space.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 17, 2019

I don't think it's really useful to criticize a film set in a prison for being "violent" and "depressing." Were you expecting "Forest Gump"? French director Jacques Audiard's 2009 film, winner of the Grind Prix at Cannes, is ;an intense and gritty, but also thoughtful look at a young French-Arabian inmate who unwittingly gets involved with the Corsican mob in prison and rises in the ranks, even as they treat him poorly because of his race. For me, it's the racial component that makes this more than your average gangster movie, but also Audiard's look at the corrupt, dehumanizing, and claustrophobic prison system. The movie is long and moves deliberately, but also has some harrowing action sequences, notably an assassination. The lead performer is excellent. Audiard's most recent film is the dark western "The Sisters Brothers."

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ralwal
Jan 14, 2018

Too violent and depressing. Didn't want to watch.

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LESeymour
Dec 05, 2017

So violent. I wished I could overlook it and get into it, but sadly I returned it when the young man was forced to murder some man in the prison.

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Miller1114
Feb 18, 2017

This movie is brutal and violent. It showcases the distinct racial and cultural discrimination in prisons. It also shows how a seemingly non violent offender can quickly become swept up in the racial and cultural factions in prison. If you want to deter your kids from a life of crime show them this film.

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DeannaF
Nov 08, 2016

This film plummets the viewer into the underworld of French prison gangs and chronicles how Malik a petty, young, criminal is "trained" and "groomed" for his life of criminal survival. Current events in France come to mind as I watched it. Gripping, too true!

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0cho
Apr 24, 2014

An interesting look into a French prison. Not the most amazing movie but not bad.

btmslt Oct 11, 2013

This movie shows the interdependence of gangs and prison in Francein a dramatic fashion.

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sdelao
Feb 04, 2013

Great Film!

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jimg2000
Jan 01, 2013

An epic story about a young man's journey which began as a 19 year old prisoner to become a "God Father" organized crime figure when he was released at the end of his six year jail term.

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bdls206
Jun 27, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Jun 27, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Jun 27, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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GHN
Oct 28, 2010

Violence: some short scenes are extremely violent.

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GHN
Oct 28, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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GHN
Oct 28, 2010

Sexual Content: It contains some brief scenes of explicit sex.

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Jun 27, 2011

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Oct 28, 2010

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bdls206
Jun 27, 2011

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

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