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A Prophet

Acclaimed as one of the best films of 2009, 'A Prophet' ('Un prophete') details the gritty prison career of nineteen-year-old French-Arab Malik (Tahar Rahim). Arriving at the jail, he is cornered by the leader of the ruling Corsican gang (Niels Arestrup) and forced to carry out a number of dangerous missions including drug trafficking and brutal hits. Over time Malik is able to earn the gang leader's confidence and rise up the prison ranks, all while secretly devising his own plans. Winner of 9 French Cesar Awards, including Best Film, Director, Actor (Rahim), Supporting Actor (Arestrup), Writing, Editing and Cinematography. "Like the Godfather, 'A Prophet' serves up crime as a metaphore for life and power" - Wall Street Journal

Year: 2009
Genre: Alice's 500 Greatest Films, Drama, French Cinema, Time in Prison, Film Festivals 2010
Country: France, Italy
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim
Duration: 149 Minutes
Rating: R18 - Violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes
Subtitles: Yes
7.9/10
Location in store: Alice's 500 Greatest Films
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