Cert: 18 Year: 2009 Length: 155 mins Language: French
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Score: 83.46% Attendance: 131
Un Prophète is about an illiterate Arab convict who undergoes a harsh rite of passage when he is recruited by the Corsican mob during six years inside a corrupt, brutal prison. Announcing the film’s award of Grand Prix at Cannes, jury chair Anjelica Huston hailed the film as "a masterpiece". She added: "Un Prophète has the ambition, purity of vision and clarity of purpose to make it an instant classic. With seamless and imaginative storytelling, superb performances and universal themes, Jacques Audiard has made the perfect film." Director too of Read My Lips and The Beat that My Heart Skipped, previously shown to highly appreciative Keswick audiences, Audiard was, with Un Prophète, the inaugural winner of the award for Best Feature Film at the 2009 London Film Festival.
Audiard's direction and unflagging concern for his central character ensure that A Prophet is never less than believable, thoughtful and, although very uncomfortable at points, incredibly entertaining.
Dave Calhoun, Time Out
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