Thursday, May 16, 2013
Jacques Audiard's A Prophet is one such film that focuses on the latter to the fullest. Chronicling the rise of a prison inmate's criminal empire, the film shows how seductive the wrong side of justice can be to some people. (I clearly see now why it's a topic not often highlighted.)
The films stars Tahar Rahim as Malik, a young prisoner forced to work for the leader of a Corsican gang. He's reluctant at first but after a while (and a few beatings), Malik accepts his role in the gang. It takes less time for him to make a name for himself.
Parallels between Malik and Michael Corleone can easily be made. After all, both are men originally unwilling to start a life of crime. Though their backgrounds are different. (We're introduced to Malik as he goes into prison; Michael is introduced as a war hero.) But both men were unable to resist the seduction of criminal behavior.
A Prophet is a really fascinating film. Not many films chronicle the dark side of human behavior and Audiard provides a great portrait. Audiard also became a director I'm keeping an eye on most definitely. Wonder what else he's done...
My Rating: *****