Un prophète [2009]

10 / 10 | 25 May 2012
Un prophète

DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard  |  WRITERS: Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard  |  CAST: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb, Hichem Yacoubi, Jean-Philippe Ricci, Gilles Cohen, Pierre Leccia, Antoine Basler  |  France

Un prophète is an exceptionally, extraordinarily good movie, reminiscent of the best of the pre-Code prison movies starring the likes of James Cagney. Tahar Rahim is astounding. All of the acting is superb. Audiard’s directing is superb. The only thing that isn’t beyond fantastic is the music under the final credits (yes, I watch the final credits): one Jimmie Dale Gilmore, a tenor with a fruity voice and fast vibrato, was hired to sing “Mack the Knife”. In English. Huge misjudgment, so don’t watch the final credits if you don’t want the mood broken.

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2 comments

  1. […] after his promising 2004 debut Le grand voyage, it stars Tahar Rahim who was so extraordinary in Un prophète, and it tells the little known (to me) story of the Grand Mosque of Paris’ role in protecting […]

  2. […] that I thought he was awake for most of his scenes. Their father/son dynamic worked better in Un prophète, I think, but perhaps that’s really only because their characters were more fully written in […]

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