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what i watched last week

Grading my last batch of papers meant I had little time for movies, but I did get one in:

A Prophet. The coming-of-age story of a potential crime kingpin that takes place in a prison. One look at the 2 1/2-hour running time and you’d be forgiven for thinking an epic was in store. But instead, A Prophet is low-key, except for the times when violence makes a mess of things … in those moments, you can see why director Jacques Audiard has been called the French Scorsese. As is usually the case with such comparisons, this is unfair to Audiard. The film features wonderful, subtle acting by Tahar Rahim in the lead and Niels Arestrup as the cold, wizened, brutal man who runs the prison from his bench in the courtyard. 8/10.