Jacques Audiard’s Prophet tells the story of a 19-year-old French youth of Algerian descent who is sentenced to six years in prison for reasons unknown — possibly chronic vagrancy. Alone and illiterate upon his arrival, a posse of Corsican mobsters decide to “give him some work”.

The film won the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) for Best Film Not in the English Language and nine Césars (national film award of France) as well as prizes at both the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, the London Film Festival. 82nd Academy Awards in the United States.


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2 thoughts on “A Prophet

  • June 15, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of Prison Movies in my day, Babenco’s Carendiru and Lam’s Prison on Fire 1 & 2 of course – but also just about every allegedly gritty Hollywood production taking a crack at the genre.

    This is the first time I’ve ever seen one point out the ridiculous and appallingly obvious truth that the best way to turn a clueless kid, without any education or family, into a criminal superpower . . .

    . . . is to put them in with the hard cores.

    I hope that’s not too much of a spoiler for ya’ll.

  • June 16, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Sweatshop Prisons in the US: Recent years have seen a rise in both private prisons and the use of prison labor by private, for-profit corporations. This has created perverse incentives to imprison people and exploit them for cheap labor — often at 50 cents an hour or less.

    Corporations such as Microsoft, Target, Revlon, and Boeing have all made products with prison labor. With over a third of home appliances and 30 percent of speakers and headphones made using prison labor, it’s likely most American households own inmate-made products.

    Even Whole Foods, a famed destination for ethical consumers, was forced to stop selling certain artisanal cheeses last year when those “artisans” were revealed to be prisoners who made a base wage of 60 cents a day.


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