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A Prophet (2009)

“Un prophète”.

Crime, Drama |

A Prophet is a French prison drama-crime film directed by Jacques Audiard with a screenplay by Audiard, with Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri, and Nicolas Peufaillit, from a story by Dafri. The film stars Tahar Rahim in the title role as an imprisoned petty criminal of Algerian origins who rises in the inmate hierarchy, becoming an assassin and drug trafficker as he initiates himself into the Corsican and then Muslim subcultures.

Malik El Djebena, a 19-year-old French youth of Algerian descent, is sentenced to six years in prison for attacking police officers. Alone and illiterate upon his arrival, he falls under the sway of Corsican mobsters, led by César Luciani, who enforces a brutal rule.

The prison is divided between two main factions: the Corsicans and the Muslims. Malik keeps to himself. When Luciani forces him to be the unwilling assassin of Reyeb, a Muslim witness in a trial, Malik gains the protection of the Corsicans despite his Arab origin.

Malik serves as a low-level servant to the Corsicans, who treat him with disdain. All the while, he is haunted by visions of the murdered Reyeb.

When most of the Corsicans are transferred or released, Luciani is forced to give Malik more responsibility. Having secretly learned Corsican, Malik acts as Luciani’s eyes and ears in the prison. When Malik earns the privilege of day-long furloughs outside the prison, Luciani relies on him to conduct Luciani’s criminal business outside.

Director: Jacques Audiard

Writers: Thomas Bidegain (screenplay), Jacques Audiard (screenplay), Abdel Raouf Dafri (original screenplay), Nicolas Peufaillit (original screenplay)

Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb, Hichem Yacoubi, Jean-Philippe Ricci, Gilles Cohen

Cast:

Tahar RahimMalik El Djebena
Niels ArestrupCésar Luciani
Adel BencherifRyad
Reda KatebJordi
Hichem YacoubiReyeb
Jean-Philippe RicciVettori
Gilles CohenProf
Pierre LecciaSampierro
Antoine BaslerPilicci
Foued NassahAntaro
Jean-Emmanuel PagniSanti
Frédéric GrazianiChef de détention
Leïla BekhtiDjamila
Rabah LoucifL’avocat de Malik
Slimane DaziLattrache
Serge OntenienteLe juge d’application des peines
Hervé TemimeLe procureur
Taha LemaiziHassan
Mohamed MakhtoumiTarik
Karim LeklouMusulman couloir
Farid LarbiMusulman couloir
Doula NiangMusulman couloir
Mamadou MinteLatif
Guillaume VerdierMichka
Mourad FraremaKhalid
Zohra BenaliMère Mohamed
Sabar KabbouchiTravailleur social
Eric BadocTravailleur social
François De CourcelleTravailleur social
Nathanaël MaïniGarde Sampierro
Charles MaestracciCorse
Laurent BlanquetCorse
Jean-Pierre GuinebertCorse
Pascal HenaultCorse
Hakim SidLe chimique
Kamel LabroudiUn auxi
Mustapha BenstitiCaillera
Alain RaymondGardien fouille
Franck XabrameMaton cour d’honneur
Didier de BackerGardien fouille
Patrick MochenGardien fouille
Gilles BellomiGardien
Malaïc MekeriBelmont
Fadil KadriPolicier enquête
David DupaysPolicier commissariat
Arsène BenzianeL’Ours
Kamel FerratChauffeur de Lattrache
Karim TraikiaCollègue Lattrache
Cindy DanelSophie
Abdelaziz MahtouMohamed Gazil
Alexandre de SèzeChef du centre d’appels
Kamel SaadiArabe
Slim El HedliArabe
Farid ElouardiArabe
Veronica GhioLa blonde de Marbella
Christophe Aquillon(as Chris Aquilon)
Sonia HellUne matonne
Salem KaliPrisonnier rebelle
Laurent MendyLe basketteur
Franck PechGardien de prison
Alaa SafiPrisonnier rebelle

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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