Un prophète

a prophet

DVD - 2010 - French
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Un prophète
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El Djebena, Malik. #35-114T. How a does a timid boy become a violent gangster? Like this. Sentenced to six years in prison, 19-year-old Malik has his sneakers stolen right off his feet during his first venture into the exercise yard. Caught between the Corsican and Arab-Muslim factions, Malik--a bilingual, French-born Arab and non-observant Muslim--winds up being seen by the Corsicans as an Arab and by the Arabs as a Corsican. To survive, Malik works as an errand boy for the sinister Corsican crime boss who dominates the prison, César Luciani. Malik's intelligence comes to his aid--before long, he can speak to (or eavesdrop on) everyone in the prison. He does what he must to survive, including studying his boss carefully, warily making and then implementing his own plans. When Malik emerges from prison he is a man of the new Europe--albeit a criminal--a polite, industrious, and thoroughly self-made man.


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May 06, 2014
  • geomillar rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Another gripping film from France with Arabic links.

Apr 24, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting look into a French prison. Not the most amazing movie but not bad.

Oct 11, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This movie shows the interdependence of gangs and prison in Francein a dramatic fashion.

Feb 04, 2013
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great Film!

Jan 01, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An epic story about a young man's journey which began as a 19 year old prisoner to become a "God Father" organized crime figure when he was released at the end of his six year jail term.

Oct 24, 2012
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This prison/gangster drame is long at 2.5 hours. Acting by the young actor playing Malik, the 19-year old thrown into prison for some petty crime, was excellent. Plenty of violence, sex and foul languages here. It is excellent contemporary French cinema. You do need patience to sit through the entire film to fully appreciate it.

Jun 27, 2012
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good acting, but overlong for the prison story.

Jun 18, 2012
  • Vivica rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Intense, riveting, excellent - once watched, you won't forget it...may not be everybody's "cup of tea" - very raw.

May 26, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Foreign prison/gangster movie. Very realistic and brutal at times. I wanted to like it more than I did, but something was just missing for me. Felt overlong and underwhelming at times. The acting was pretty good, but there was never really a turning point or a feeling of closure to me. I think there were good concepts that just got lost in the shuffle of too many loose ends and plot points.

Oct 12, 2011
  • jlazcan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great film. It is about a young man who is thrown into jail with nothing and graduates with an education in crime and life. It was a bit long, but kept me engaged the entire time. Great movie.

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Jun 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Jun 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Jun 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

GHN
Oct 28, 2010
  • GHN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: some short scenes are extremely violent.

GHN
Oct 28, 2010
  • GHN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

GHN
Oct 28, 2010
  • GHN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: It contains some brief scenes of explicit sex.

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Nov 01, 2012
  • gemini07 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 28, 2010
  • GHN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

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