A Prophet. 2009. France/Italy. Directed by Jacques Audiard. In French; English subtitles. 155 min.
Malik (Tahar Rahim), a 19-year-old Algerian, begins a six-year prison sentence at a facility sharply divided between Muslims and Corsicans. He’s swiftly adopted by a Corsican crime boss, for whom he begins to perform increasingly violent and dangerous assignments. Over the years, Malik rises in the hierarchy while his loyalties shift. Winner of the 2009 Cannes Grand Prix.