“A Prophet” / “Un Prophete”

 * * * * *

Okay, so what do you feed your film addiction with after catching Inception and Micmacs on the big screen? There is a truly great film on its way to dvd in August— “A Prophet” / “Un Prophete”.  There is no other film that is so engrossing on multiple levels. It’s one hell of a story of a young man’s transformation and evolution within the confines of a prison with a spiritual dimension unlike any other film that I know of.  Yes, spiritual. No, that’s not in the church going, holier than thou, self-righteous vein. It’s in the hardcore walk the path no matter where it takes you sense of spirituality–even if that means coming ‘back’ to aid the man cornered into killing you. Oh yeah, there’s more than a few things to wrap your head around in this totally engaging film. Tahar Rahim’s performance is incomparable. Yes, incomparable. He’s absolutely incredible from beginning to end.  The film is much more than its gangster/prison genre vehicle.  Director Jacques Audiard  and Thomas Bidegain (and others)  wrote the dense substantial screenplay that takes this story far beyond guns and greed to issues of fate, destiny, and purpose of a person’s life.  Can a film about life in prison convey truths about ethics, relationships, the value of languages and education and transformation?  Of course.  “A Prophet” just does it better than any other film so far.



  1. RubyTwoShoes said,

    July 23, 2010 at 5:49 am

    I saw this at the movies a while a go now, and it is nice to come here and be reminded of its grandeur, you are so right, the film was epic

    • July 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      “Epic”–yes, RubyTwoShoes–that’s a great word for the intellectual scope of the fim. This was one movie I did not want to end. I couldn’t believe that my son and I were the only people at that particular showing. Everyone else was seeing The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”–which is a very fine film in its own right–but “A Prophet” beats it hands down.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Agitate, Educate, and Organize ~OO~


News and analysis for San Antonio and the South Texas bioregion.

Incidental Makyo

a place for reflective expression.

Shechaim's News of the Day

Warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven, Eliquis, Aspirin?

Free Alabama Movement

National Movement Against Mass Incarceration and Prison Slavery

Books Can Save A Life

"Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive." Barry Lopez

The Greenery

Ideas That Grow and Bloom

The Case for Global Film

'in the picture': Films from everywhere and every era


Wellness Leadership Education

Tales from the Conspiratum

Warning: This site may contain conspiracies

Make No Bones About It

‘Do not be afraid of the truth’ -John Trudell

Beyond Extreme Energy

No new permits for fossil fuel infrastructure. Renewable energy NOW.

Mugilan Raju

Prime my subconscious, one hint at a time

Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Editor at Longreads. Automattician since 2012. Californian since 1979. Junglist for life.

Interesting Literature

A Library of Literary Interestingness

Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations

Reviews of Vintage Science Fiction (1945-1985)

Cynthia Reyes

The blog of Canadian author Cynthia Reyes


Uniting the world, One Love at a time. :D

The Stay-at-home Scientist

Science, Gardening, Work-Life Balance

People Powered Machines

Our business is committed to saving energy, reducing emmissions and waste.


Just another WordPress.com site


". . . first hand coverage, second hand news"

Espen Stenersrød- From Pen To Heart

Jack Kerouac with a scent of Henry Vaughn

Army at Wounded Knee

A blog dedicated to documenting through primary sources, the Army's actions at Wounded Knee


Vague Meanderings of the Broke and Obscure


Stories and Essays by Isaac Yuen

Red Wolf Journal

A literary compass for finding your voice..."You turn toward me, your lips move, wanting to speak."--Stephen Dobyns, "Wolves In The Street"


The poet can reach where the sun cannot. -HINDU PROVERBThe greatest WordPress.com site in all the land!


Working together to make the world a better place to live! A fine WordPress.com site

Spirit In Action

Change IS coming. WE can make it GOOD.

Rezinate's Blog

Just another WordPress.com site

Through the Peacock's Eyes

Insights for Spiritual Living


Living Mental Health Rehab in Israel

the zen space

a space for zen words

We Write Poems

a community of people reading & writing poems, moving words


Bringing Social Issues To The Forefront

R. L. Culpeper

Sapere Aude


For Peace On Earth In This Generation


You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

Eléctrica in the Desert

News, photos, stories, and trouble from the borderland

Coco J. Ginger Says

Poems and stories of love & heartbreak.

%d bloggers like this: