Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Modern French Cinema

Un Prophète (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
*** (A Must-See)

Jacques Audiard's Un Prophète story follows 19-year-old Malik El Djebena in prison as he cunningly works his way up through the hierarchy of a Corsican crime syndicate. Audiard claims that the film aims at "creating icons, images for people who don't have images, the Arabs in France", and he does so in a gripping prison-crime-thriller. Comparing it to other recent foreign language thrillers examining the relationship between crime and business; Slumdog Millionaire (2008)and Gomorra (2008), it stands out by being more visually inovative and stylish. The length allows for a greater examination of the multifaceted issues while avoiding easy simplifcations.-David Davidson

(Canadian Film Institute, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, 28/11, 7:00PM)