A Prophet (2009)

A Prophet contrasts between gritty prison drama and romanticism of crime’s luxuries. A Prophet in despite of this contradiction in terms was an engaging film whose atmospheric and hard-hitting qualities on prison life were transfixing.

A Prophet‘s atmospheric qualities lied with Malik’s experiences, a fresh prisoner transferred from youth offender to adult prison. A Prophet was decisive in establishing prison’s harsh environment with Malik experiencing numerous harrowing moments which are bleakly toned, essential for A Prophet‘s narrative style. Such scenes’ tone were perfected as they were left to settle for audiences to contemplate Malik’s scenario. The hand-held cinematography’s irregularity personified Malik’s humiliation and anxiety within prison. Yet A Prophet also focused on other aspects of Malik’s life. Malik lacked formal education which makes his prison life more difficult, adding to the tragedy of his situation. A Prophet again perfected bleak atmospheric tones to let audiences contemplate Malik’s lack of formal education as a tragedy. It showed great direction from Jacques Audiard as capturing a bleak atmosphere effectively.

A Prophet‘s representation on crime was mostly direct and brutal. Malik’s time throughout prison involved him in various horrendous and dangerous tasks which were horrific not only for audiences but to Malik himself. Later Malik is shown to be increasingly haunted by his actions giving consequence to criminal activity. However A Prophet somewhat contradicted its’ representation on crime as Malik became established into criminality, there were certain scenes of sensationalism. This dented A Prophet‘s representation of crime through taking away the gritty realism previously conveyed.

A Prophet in regards to sensationalism was familiar by delving into such territory. Yet A Prophet‘s atmosphere and skillful direction concluded it to be a hugely satisfying drama capitulating the difficulties of prison life.