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“Un Prophete / A Prophet” by Windowpane
Thursday, January 28, 2010, 12:54 am
Filed under: Movies, Must Read, Must Watch, Things We're Diggin'

A homie and I took our traditional weekly pilgrimage to the movies last night to check out “A Prophet”. A French film which details the prison ‘career’ of Malik El Djebana (Tahar Rahim), a 19 year old Arab man sentenced to 6 years. With no friends or family on the inside or out, Djenbana begins his sentence a loner. Things immediately change for him however when he is quickly (and forcibly) recruited by Kingpin Cear Luciani (Neils Arestrup) and begins a life of organised crime, chaos and political mayhem.

At a 155 minutes long, I can honestly say there’s not a single dull moment here. You find yourself on the edge of your seat as you become invested in the main character and his life decisions. It’s actually quite remarkable how much happens within those 155 minutes. “A Prophet” is sophisticated, insightful, intelligent and at times – quite brutal. But is all tied together brilliantly by the very human story running through it. A man torn between many paths – trying to do the best he can, with what he has.

This is a must see film. It comes highly recommended.

Peace, Love & A Prophet

Speeakz

P.s Reminds me a little of “City of God” at times.


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