Un Prophète (Jacques Audiard, 2009)

What's it about? A young Franco-Arab teenager starts as prison sentence and immediately gets caught up in the power struggle between Corsican and Muslim factions within the jail.

Is it any good? All the usual elements of the prison drama are present and correct, but assembled in confident, stylish fashion to produce a gritty and realistic film, albeit one with semi-mystical overtones. Best of all is the terrific central performance by Tamar Rahim, a performance which brings to mind a young de Niro, or even a young Craig Doyle before his move to Grandstand.

I don't trust you. What do others think? Universally acclaimed, nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars and winner of the Best Film at the London Film Festival in 2009. People just love prison dramas.

Anything else I should know? Check out this terrific cover version of Mack the Knife by Jimmie Dale Gilmore, which features over the end credits.

What does the Fonz think? Better than Prisoner: Cell Block H. But only just.

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