Although critics have called it a Gallic Goodfellas, the director, Jacques Audiard, has said A Prophet is the anti-Scarface. Audiard used actual ex-cons as advisors on the production in order to strike the right gritty chord. There are the requisite scenes of bloody shootouts and gory prison violence. But Malik is a moral antihero in the amoral subculture of prison. Through Malik's transformation, Audiard makes audiences question their empathy. Dostoevsky couldn't have done it better. A Prophet won the Grand Prix at the 2009 Cannes.
Sun., April 4, 5 p.m., 2010