A Prophet

"Sensational. Sweeping and precisely observed. A pitch-perfect film."
- The New York Times
"This is a class of movie that operates on a higher plane than its peers."
- Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Writer-director Jacques Audiard manages to replicate The Godfather's most elusive element, not the dark comedy or the operatic bloodletting, but the incremental corruption of a decent man into a willful, coldhearted killer."
- J.R Jones, Chicago Reader
"The newcomer Rahim is an enigma. What is he thinking? I believe that's the quality Audiard wants. He's a newly poured man, and when the mold sets, it happens inside."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago-Sun Times
Grand Prize 2009 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film 2010 Academy Awards

Synopsis

Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena 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...
Original Languages: French
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 149 min.
Year: 2009

CREDITS

CAST
Niels Arestrup (Cesar Luciani)
Tahar Rahim (Malik)
DIRECTED BY
Jacques Audiard

TRAILER


PHOTOS

Left to Right: Cesar (Niels Arestrup) and Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Jacques Audiard. Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Cesar Luciani (Niels Arestrup). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Cesar Luciani (Niels Arestrup). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Malik (Tahar Rahim), Cesar Luciani (Niels Arestrup). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Jordi al Gitan (Reda Kateb), Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Malik (Tahar Rahim), Cesar Luciani (Niels Arestrup). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Reyeb (Hichem Yacoubi), Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Ryad (Adel Bencherif), Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Cesar Luciani (Niels Arestrup). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Malik (Tahar Rahim), Sampierro (Pierre Leccia). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Jacques Audiard, Niels Arestrup, and Tahar Rahim. Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Djamila (Leila Bekhti), Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Djamila (Leila Bekhti), Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Lattrache (Slimane Dazi). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Lattrache (Slimane Dazi), Malik (Tahar Rahim). Photo taken by Roger Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics