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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Tahar Rahim
Niels Arestrup
Adel Bencherif
Directors
Jacques Audiard
Screenwriters
Jacques Audiard
Thomas Bidegain
Running Time
149 minutes

A Prophet
The French guide to porridge


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A Prophet

Plot
Sent down for six years for an unspecified crime, illiterate French-Arab teen Malik El Djebena (Rahim) is initiated into the prison’s criminal underworld. A fast learner, he soon starts to plot his rapid ascendancy through the violent and brutal hierarchy of his fellow inmates to become a formidable player.


Verdict
A modern French crime epic where the smudges and crossings out do not diminish the passages of great dreamlike power.


Reviewed by Andrew Male

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