Posts Tagged ‘crime’

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.

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Leaves of Grass – Tim Blake Nelson



“Leaves of Grass” is a philosophical cocktail poured on the never-changing, cruel and instinct-linked human nature. It is an antic story following an itinerary that has its major stops at Raise Above Your Condition, Inevitable Fate, Downfall and the last stop at Apatheia. The movie has a Bros. Coen feeling; the absurdities, the hilarious coincidences, the story from the heart of America with small, petty people committing outrageous crimes, and with a few characters who have the possibilities to rise above but fail to do it, all ring Coenish bells.

The movie’s plot offers welcomed surprises and a few good laughs too. The story is simple and cruel yet it is wrapped in many references to antic philosophy; one could feel pretty overwhelmed by the amount of information. My advice is to relax and only chew on the philosophical statements related to the plotline. Hah! They’re all related to the plotline! Ok, just relax if you don’t know what the heck the characters are talking about and enjoy the first level of those great references and quotations. Weed should help.

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