The Film A Prophet And Write A Reaction Paper About It

1205 Words Apr 16th, 2016 5 Pages
I have chosen to watch the film A Prophet and write a reaction paper about it. It is a French prison drama and crime movie directed by Jacques Audiard in 2009 and released in 2010. He wrote the script with the help of Nicolas Peufaillit, Thomas Bidegain, and Abdel Raouf Dafri. The main character in the film is Malik (Tahar Rahim), who went to prison because of a single petty crime and later becomes a drug trafficker and an assassin. The film compliments what I have learned about 20th-century European history in class, and it reminds me of a news article Suspected Boss of Corsican Mob Reported Dead that I have read recently from usatoday.com. Some aspects of the film relate to the social problems in the world today. Malik is a French teenager of Algerian descent, who is serving a six-year jail term for attacking police officers. Lonely and uneducated, he becomes influenced by the Corsican mobsters, who are controlled by a brutal criminal called Cesar Luciani (Niels Arestrup). There are two main groups in the prison: the Muslims and the Corsicans. Luciani forces Malik to assassinate Reyeb (Hichem Yacoubi) to gain the protection of the Corsicans despite being an Arab. He unwillingly murders Reyeb, and later, visions of his crime haunt him repeatedly. Luciani gives him more responsibility after the release or transfer of most of the gang members; Malik acts as Lucian’s eyes and ears in the prison.
Malik learns to read and write with the help of his Muslim friend, Ryad (Adel…

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