Un prophète – Jacques Audiard

A never-ending (2h30’), comme il faut gangster story, with an anti-hero who is doing all the necessary tricks to survive, to make his living in jail safe. The hero, a young Arab is a multiple misfit, socially and religiously. His story is about choices, the inevitable ones, the ones that make him live another day, the ones that make him imperfect but alive. It is also a story about the revenge against the powers that force the individual to commit crime. When the alternative is extinction, there are a few who refuse committing the crime. Those, they say, are the perfect ones. But this story is about survival in the jungle, it is about the human beast craving for life and security.

Audiard treats the law with the indifference law treats people; law is absent and its people are all corrupt or numbed by bureaucracy. Jail is a jungle and the guards are the poachers. But outside is pretty much the same, desolately the same. The absence of the law is here the absence of choices, our hero cannot choose not to commit a crime, he is alone and there is no higher power which could save him and he just cannot choose his own death.

I found the movie, too long and that is a shame considering the poetry of its cinematography and the story that can represent a milestone in the genre. Being too long is the movie’s only flaw, so don’t miss it.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by smagdi on February 7, 2011 at 00:08

    I’ve found the movie really good and I don’t remember being disturbed by it’s length, although I gave it a thought. I think the Hollywood trained our attention on 1h 30 min, maximal 2h. But we can do more! 🙂


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