A Prophet
aka Un prophète
Reviewed in December 2009
Director: Jacques Audiard. Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi, Reda Kateb, Slimane Dazi, Jean-Philippe Ricci, Pierre Leccia, Foued Nassah, Frédéric Graziani, Serge Boutleroff, Rabah Loucif, Leïla Bekhti, Mamadou Minte. Screenplay: Thomas Bidegain and Jacques Audiard (based on an earlier screenplay by Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit).
Twitter Capsule: No gainsaying Audiard's scene-level genius or the aliveness of his films, but genre feels trapped by overfamiliarity

Photo © 2009 Why Not Productions/Sony Pictures Classics
Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+


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Academy Award Nominations (2009):
Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe Nominations (2009):
Best Foreign Language Film

Other Awards (2010):
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actor (Arestrup)

Other Awards (2009):
Cannes Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize
National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Film
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Foreign-Language Film
César Awards (French Oscars): Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor (Rahim); Best Supporting Actor (Arestrup); Most Promising Actor (Rahim); Best Original Screenplay; Best Cinematography (Stéphane Fontaine); Best Production Design (Michel Barthélémy); Best Film Editing (Juliette Welfling)
European Film Awards: Best Actor (Rahim); Prix d'Excellence (Sound Design; Brigitte Taillandier, Francis Wargnier, Jean-Paul Hurier, and Marc Doisne)

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