A Prophet

2009, Movie, R, 149 mins

Most prison movies dredge up drama from the horrific institutionalized brutality behind bars, and while Jacques Audiard’s crime drama A Prophet never shies away from the cruelty of an inmate’s life, it focuses on much more than just that.

The film stars Tahar Rahim as Malik, a 19-year-old Arab just beginning a six-year stretch in a French prison. He is without friends on the inside, and quickly comes under the thumb of leonine Corsican tough-guy Cesar (Niels Arestrup), who orders Malik to kill a fellow inmate or be killed himself. After completing the task, Malik is haunted by visions of the man he murdered, but he also sets about taking classes in o...

Released: 2009 Rated: R Length: 149 mins

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