Rent A Prophet (2009)

3.8 of 5 from 630 ratings
2h 29min
Rent A Prophet (aka Un prophète) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
A nineteen-year-old troublemaker starts a six year sentence in a notorious prison, a concrete hell where violence is the only language understood. Taken under the wing of a powerful mafia boss, he is initiated into a vicious and brutal way of life. As the years pass, he proves his worth, moving up the ranks within the prison. However, he has his own plans, and they don't involve taking orders from anyone. Using his ruthless cunning to extend his influence beyond the walls of the jail, he arranges drugs runs, hostage exchanges and violent assassinations. Once merely a petty criminal, he is soon on his way to establishing a criminal empire of his own.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard
Aka:
Un prophète
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
France, Top 100 Films, Drama, Thrillers
Awards:

2010 BAFTA Best Foreign Film

2009 Cannes Grand Prize

BBFC:
Release Date:
07/06/2010
Run Time:
149 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
BBFC:
Release Date:
07/06/2010
Run Time:
155 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Trailer
  • Deleted scenes with director's commentary
  • A prophet – revealed (20 min featurette with cast and crew)
  • Screen tests of Tahar Rahim
  • Rehearsals
  • "Derriere les barreaux" (behind bars) from Antonin Peretjako (70 min documentary)
  • "Un prophete a chatenay" from Jean-Michel Correla (26 min documentary)

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Reviews (5) of A Prophet

A Must-See - A Prophet review by FP

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This is a fascinating portrait both of a young man's personal development over his prison term and the shifts in power within the prison during the time he serves there. Don't be put off by the violence or the running time, we were transfixed -- not a single moment is wasted and every strand of plot has a significance. Any linguists will appreciate the Corsican dialect and the prison "argot" (slang). Highly recommended!

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

The reality of prison life and crime - A Prophet review by Corinthian

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Great film for those who enjoy the gritty reality of true crime. Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim)puts in an incredible performance as a adolescent on his first visit to prison who gets a baptism of fire and decides to take 'protection' (not that he gets much choice) with terrible consequences.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Gripping - A Prophet review by SG

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I wasn't expecting much from this film especially when the English subtitles started however the film is truly gripping from beginning to end. The film description is accurate but does not convey the sense of menace and fear that permeates through the film.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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