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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.

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Adel Bencherif ...
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Hichem Yacoubi ...
Jean-Philippe Ricci ...
Gilles Cohen ...
Pierre Leccia ...
Antoine Basler ...
Pilicci
Foued Nassah ...
Antaro
Jean-Emmanuel Pagni ...
Frédéric Graziani ...
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Rabah Loucif ...
L'avocat de Malik
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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

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Escaping the prison of life.

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Crime | Drama

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

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26 March 2010 (USA)  »

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€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£312,237 (UK) (22 January 2010)

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$2,084,637 (USA) (25 June 2010)
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France's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010). See more »

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[first lines]
Prisoner: Take these handcuffs off!
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Remade as A Prophet See more »

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Mack the Knife
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Performed by Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Courtesy of MCA Records
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masterpiece
30 August 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

At times hard to watch but in the end you come out with the feeling of having watched a masterpiece.

Perfect acting, scenario, directing, cinematography & sound...

This is definitely not a Hollywood production, but the best of what french cinema can be.

Audiard is a great director, having previously made "Read my lips" which i also recommend.

The main actor Tahar Rahim is a revelation, keep an eye on him in the future.

Niels Arestrup is also quite good in his role as a corsican crime boss


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