An impressionable and vulnerable Arab man gets thrust into a hellish prison, and ironically discovers greater opportunities for success than he ever possessed outside of the bars, in this violent melodrama from emerging French master filmmaker Jacques Audiard.
Tahar Rahim stars as Malik El Djebena, a petty criminal incarcerated for six years. Once inside and subjected to all of the standard brutalities that most prisoners endure, he is quickly educated in the "ways" of the prison, an institution torn violently between gangs of Corsicans and Arabs.
The head Corsican thug, CÚsar Luciani, offers Malik an ultimatum: either he rubs out an Arab inmate named Reyeb, or he himself dies. Not only does Malik succeed with the hit, he earns the begrudging respect of the other prisoners, and -- after securing several days' release for good behavior -- uses off-time to forge a deeper and more multi-layered network of criminal ties than he ever dreamed possible.
But as his own power and confidence grow, they threaten to outstrip Cesar's own insistence on submission and obedience at all costs.
In French with English subtitles.
Optimum Home Entertainment
• Niels Arestrup
||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||2 hours, 29 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
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In the university of crime
Mon, 11 May 2015 | Review
by: Michael S.
A gripping drama. A young Arab, imprisoned for a minor crime, adjusts to prison and learns how to gin power within this alternative system. A revealing study of how prison often has quite the opposite effect, as naive petty criminals learn to get into major crime. Excellent acting by Tahar Rahim, a very promising newcomer.
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