Sunday, 27 February 2011

A Prophet: DVD Review

A Prophet: DVD Review

A Prophet

Released by Sony
Rating: R18

Winner of the Grand Jury prize in 2009 at Cannes,A Prophet clearly deserves its accolades.

This is the tale of Malik, (Tahar Rahim) a 19 year old French Arab sentenced to 6 years in jail.

Finding himself in over his head initially, Malik is ordered to kill a Mafia informant by the Mob inside the prison - or forfeit his own life.

With no choice, Malik carries out the crime and subsequently finds he rises through thr ranks of the Mafia inside the jail. Pretty soon, Malik is a pivotal part of life behind bars - but soon realizes that there will come a time when he's leaving jail to embark on the next stage of his life.

A Prophet is a sophisticated, restrained and sensitive drama with a wonderful central performance from Tahar Rahim.

It's deeply compelling, richly rewarding and gripping from beginning to end.

This is a film to be treasured.

Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary and rehearsal footage.

Rating: 8/10

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