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Prophet, A (先知, 2009)

A Prophet (先知, 2009)

導演
Jacques Audiard
演員
Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi
連結
imdb link
www.un-prophete-lefilm.com

 

 

簡介
現代, 法國~ 擁有北非血統的文盲少年 Malik (Tahar Rahim 飾) 被判入獄六年, 他在獄中受到一個科西嘉黑幫組織威脅, 要他殺死污點證人 Reyeb (Hichem Yacoubi 飾), 他無奈只得照辦~ 此後, Malik 開始替組織領袖 Luciani (Niels Arestrup 飾) 工作, 又得到友人 Ryad (Adel Bencherif 飾) 的協助, 在監獄內讀書進修~ Malik 雖然被科西嘉人視為外族, 被回教徒視為敵人, 卻因此保持相對獨立的身份, 不斷利用身邊人上位, 為自己籌劃出獄後的將來~

 

評語
看畢法國導演 Jacques Audiard 這部在09年康城影展贏得評審大獎的新作, 更加肯定這位導演偏愛訴說一些 “個人在混沌社會中發展和成長” 的故事~ 他的主角們總是具有很高的 “可塑性”, 或是天真純樸如 “See How They Fall” (男人最痛, 1994) 頭腦簡單的青年, 或是身體或性格上帶缺憾如 “Read My Lips” (唇語驚魂, 2001) 的聾女, 或 “the Beat That My Heart Skipped” (我心遺忘的節奏, 2005) 的火爆鋼琴家~ 他們努力在現實社會中掙扎求生, 在危機四伏的社會慢慢通常學習摸索出生存之道~

“A Prophet” 的主角 Malik 也不例外, 他顯然是個有如白紙般的角色, 沒有父母和家庭背景, 自小便被判入獄六年, 學識非常有限, 具北非血統卻被同族排擠, 在科西嘉人眼中也被視為異己~ 身處暴力隨時爆發, 貪污猖獗的監獄, 必須找出讓自己繼續生存的方法, 更重要的是為出獄後的未來鋪路~

雖然題材涉及法國的刑罰制度和種族問題, 但 “A Prophet” 始終最感興趣仍是主角的奮鬥過程, 予人的感覺較像是一部精彩出色的娛樂片, 多於一部反映時弊的社會劇~ Jacques Audiard 繼承前作極具節奏感的逼力, 全片長達155分鐘, 卻能一直保持非常緊張刺激的氣氛和爽快的節奏, 當中一個黑吃黑的世界, 也有點 馬田史高西斯 一系列黑幫電影的味道 (特別是黑幫頭目 Luciani 是個會說意大利語的科西嘉人)~

“A Prophet” 以寫實風格為主幹, 連獄中的臨記也找有犯罪前科的來演, 但間中也會加入超現實的元素, 如 Malik 雞手鴨腳地殺死的 Reyeb, 他的幽靈竟有如守護天使般常在監倉出現~ 寫實與超現實, 在 Malik 寓言坐駕會撞上野鹿一幕罕有地接軌, 看他又再一次從死神手中掙脫~ 大概亦是這一刻, Malik 開始知道自己是個有如先知般被上天看護的異人, 所以之後才斗膽隻身暗殺黑幫頭目, 在血腥槍戰中仍掛著勝利的微笑~

“A Prophet” 最與別不同之處, 大概是它一改同類黑幫/監獄電影以白人為中心的傳統, 對阿拉伯人作出人性化而且比較全面的描寫, 免於一貫僵硬的定型~ 儘管如此, 電影亦非簡單地把要求觀眾認同那一方的膚色調換, 結尾的 Malik 依然不改其獨立於社群, 自願被孤立的位置~ 他步出監獄後沒有走向同黨, 只讓他們驅車相隨, 卻跟亡友的妻子和兒子同行, 但這兩位 “親人” 卻不屬於他自己的家庭~ 若果說 Malik 的故事是個小兵變將軍的神話, 那麼他就是個樂於自我放逐, 只會給自己行神跡, 而沒有為人民帶來寓言的先知~

2 comments to Prophet, A (先知, 2009)

  • Hi! I’m returning to blogging, partly because of upcoming HKIFF (can’t wait!) and partly because I’m determined to start writing again and exterminate my writer’s block for good. Let’s see how it goes…

    A Prophet was fantastic, it felt nothing like 2h30 mins. I haven’t seen many of Jacques Audiard’s films (missed his retrospective in last year’s French Cinepanorama, although I did warm up to The Beat That My Heart Skipped which I saw overseas), but now I’m definitely checking out his back catalogue. Not only does Audiard reengage our interest with the prison as an environment, his flourishes of social realism and racial issues lift A Prophet way above the norm (it would be wickedly ironic if they called the film ‘An Education’ instead). Though I’m so-so on the magic realism moments (scenes with Reyeb were well intergrated, others not so), I haven’t rooted for such a well crafted anti-hero in a long time. Highly recommended!

  • re: The Daydreamer
    a big welcome!

    “A Prophet” no doubt is a highly energetic and entertaining film~ I managed to catch up with a couple of the director’s early work in last year’s French Cinepanorama, and noticed the interesting common traits I mentioned above that run through almost all of his protagonists~ I think “An Education” can be a fitting title for most of his films as they all show the protagonist learning or growing to be a better man in one way or another~

    you mentioned social realism and racial issues, but Audiard is in fact quite cautious when responding to such questions, like he is more willing to see his film more as a genre film instead of a realistic depiction of social and racial problems (you may read his comments in these two interviews)~

    I would say this film is a case of Hollywood genre filmmaking par excellence, only it is not made in the US but in France, and I won’t be surprised if it goes on to win an Oscar in March~

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