A Prophet (Un prophete)
A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Tom Long
Detroit News

The success of Malik is sheer American dream via France: Anyone can make it if they try hard enough. Make it at what, of course, is always the question.

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Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine

But with its lush Alexandre Desplat score, deeply shadowed compositions, and fluid, understated camera movement, A Prophet is distinctly an Audiard construction.

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David Germain
Associated Press

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.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Audiard never overplays the new experiences facing Malik, be they violent or touching. Yet his tender regard for our complicated hero shines through.

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is a brutal prison crime drama that shows the transformation of a small-time criminal into a big-time crime boss.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The film never succumbs to the pitfalls of the prison-movie genre, and there's something poetic about how Audiard, in the midst of all this violence, manages to make a punch to the stomach seem like the most violent act of all.

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Louis Proyect

A movie that has more in common with Jean Genet than Frantz Fanon, but there's enough insights into white colonial domination of Arab peoples to make this a cut above the standard prison melodrama. Highly recommended.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
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… More
Luke Baldock
DIrector Jacques Audiard constructs a rather thoughtful look at power and curruption and how addictive the two can be. Rahim plays a young man sent to prison… More
Jim Hunter
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… More
xGary Xx
A young French-Arab offender rises through the ranks of the prison hierarchy to become a drug runner and enforcer for Corsican mobsters by playing both sides of… More
Pierluigi Puccini
A morally complex and riveting study of the power struggle within the confines of prison.
Albert Kim
The first 30 minutes is so marvelously orchestrated. The rest of the movie doesn't capture the same tension but it is still an incredibly rich and engaging… More