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A Prophet (Un prophète) @ Barbican Cinema

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今日もバービカン・シネマの月曜割引を利用して、先週封切りとなったフランス映画「A Prophet(原題「Un prophète」、「預言者」の意)」を観た。「夜中のピアニスト」「リード・マイ・リップス」等で高い評価を得た、ジャック・オーディアール監督作品で、第62回カンヌ国際映画祭グランプリを受賞、第53回ロンドン国際映画祭でもBest Film Award(最優秀賞)に輝いた。イギリスやアメリカでも批評家の高い評価を得ており、2月2日に発表されるアカデミー賞外国語映画賞ノミネートの呼び声も高い。



We went to see a new French crime film “A Prophet (French: Un prophète)” at Barbican Cinema with Monday discount. A Prophet, the winner of the Grand Prix at 2009 Cannes Film Festival and Best Film Award of the 53rd London Film Festival, is directed by Jacques Audiard, obtained a high recognition with “The Beat that My Heart Skipped (De battre mon cœur s’est arrêté)” and “Read My Lips (Sur mes lèvres)”  This film won a heart of British and American movie critiques, and makes Academy Foreign Film Award shortlist (nomination will be announced on February 2nd).

Found guilty of assault on a policeman and sentenced to six years in prison, an 18-year old French-Arab orphan Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim)  can neither read nor write, as he left school at the age of 11. Arriving at the jail alone, he appears younger and more fragile than the other convicts. Cornered by the Corsican Mafia leader César Luciani who rules the prison, he is given a number of “missions” to carry out, toughening him up, and wins the trust of the mafia leader. While he is working for Corsican Mafia, Malik, unafraid and a fast learner, also creates his own network with Muslim inmates as well. Balancing between Corsicans and Muslims, he discreetly develops his drug dealing business and works his way up through the criminal ranks, becoming a leader of all of France’s immigrant suburbs.

The film is so intriguing and absorbing that I didn’t feel its screening time of 150 min at all. The film shows us harsh realities of a life in prison, survival and battle between different groups, without glamor. A rise of Muslim inmates from former French colonies in north Africa, reflect social problems that French society is facing, such as lack of education, poverty and discrimination. I don’t usually fancy a jail movie, but I think A Prophet is thought-provoking, well-made move of its genre. It is a success story that young and naive immigrant teenager survives on his own quick-wittedness and charm, and climbs up to the top of the criminal underworld. Malik’s success story may be fascinating for us who live in a different world from him, but what he does in the movie is opportunistic, immoral, and is a crime. I hope Malik won’t be a role model for many young poor immigrants, who can’t dream of ‘normal’ success in a society where they don’t feel belonging to.

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