Moving and complex film
- A Prophet review by RP
I selected this film because in won a BAFTA in 2010 for best foreign language film + the 2009 Cannes Grand Prix. It also currently has a score of 8.0 on IMDB, so it must be good, eh?
It tells the story of Malik, a 19 year old semi-literate, French/Arab youth (France's immigrant problem is from their ex-colonies in N. Africa) imprisoned alongside older, harder men in a brutal prison, where the 'big boss' is a Corsican gangster. Hanging onto his coat-tails and going against his fellow Muslims, Malik rises through the ranks to make it big as a drug dealer, running his small empire from within prison, and as he waits for parole he uses brief spells of leave to tidy up business on the outside.
Gritty, brutal, uncomfortable and sometimes difficult to watch, it is very well acted and the length of the film allows plenty of time for character development unlike most other prison dramas. It's a moving and complex film, following the growth of Malik as he uses his (prison educated) brain to manipulate others.
I'm a bit non-plussed at how to rate this. Yes, it's good. But is it that good? I'll leave that up to you. Watch it and see what you think.
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The Making of a Criminal.
- A Prophet review by Steve Mason
One of the great prison film. A nineteen year old Corsican Arab learns to survive and then thrive in this barbarous, destitute institution. While the film comments on the penal environment and the experience of French Moslems, it's Tahar Rahim's outstanding performance that most powerfully endures.
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