Director: Jacques Audiard. Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup. 155 min. Rated R. France/Italy. Drama.
Any Mafia movie is good - even the ones about an Arab gangster in a French prison. A Prophet is a very informative picture of how a naive 19-year-old can enter a prison, and "train" to become a ruthless killer and professional criminal. But the movie has also something new to add to the genre: as the proportion of Muslims in France grow, Arabs are gradually taking the reigns of the crime business from the old, arthritic French gangsters. One of the must-sees of 2009.