• Un prophète (2010)

Un prophète

Release Date: February 26th, 2010

R |2 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

This acclaimed crime drama follows Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim), a delinquent young Muslim man, who is struggling to get by in a French prison. When he is taken under the wing of powerful Corsican mob boss Cesar Luciani (Niels Arestrup), he begins performing regular assignments for him, proving himself invaluable to the imposing criminal. As Malik rises in the mob ranks, he gains more power, but also more enemies, a situation that eventually brings conflict with his mentor.

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi, Reda Kateb, Antoine Basler, Gilles Cohen, Pascal Henault

Director: Jacques Audiard

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Chic Films, Région Ile-de-France, Conseil Régional de Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur, BIM Distribuzione, Canal+, Neon Productions, Page 114, Sofica UGC 1, France 2 (FR2), Why Not Productions, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), CinéCinéma, Sofica Soficinéma 4, Soficinéma 5, France 2 Cinéma, Zyzzyx LLC, Union Générale Cinématographique (UGC), Celluloid Dreams

Keywords: Rivalry, 2000s, Tense, Murder, Prison, Growing up, Rise, France, Gripping, Engaging

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    A new crime classic. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The best performance in the film is by Arestrup as Cesar. You may remember him from Audiard's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" (2005), where he played a seedy but confident father who psychically overshadows his son. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    What's most immediately remarkable about the film is the raw intensity of its hyper-realistic encounters, hugely enhanced by the superb acting of newcomer Rahim. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Foreign Language Film
Nominated Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (2010)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
Winner Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)