For a record, Jacques Audiard, Tahar Rahim, and Niels Arestrup’s collaboration is one of the best in the French film industry. The film follows a 19-0year-old guy-Franco-Arab Malik El Djebena imprisoned for a petty crime. In the prison, Malik gets to fall under the command of the Corsican mob. This leads him into a risky territory which is in-between an allegiance to his Muslim roots and the protection of his new enforcers. At the command of his prison boss, Malik murders a fellow inmate and this forms a platform for the redemption tale that comes next. With time, Malik begins to slowly accept and embrace his Muslim roots and to set things right. However, the power dynamic of the prison takes another direction that finds the main energized by faith and the community. Sadly, Malik’s future remains uncertain because of the drama around him. This violent saga teaches us to take responsibility, deal with the overheads, yet the only option absolute desperation. Jacques Audiard had initially screened a film in one of the French prisons where he got surprisingly shocked about the prison’s condition. That made him film this gripping film.
A Prophet (2009)
Tom Seyr is the protagonist. He plays the role of a small-time ruffian who whiles away his time loitering about on the streets in search of probable victims. He earns a living by indulging in small crimes. He has been brought up by his father who is an average gangster and who believes in living for the day. He doesn’t have any aspirations for his son. The life of Tom is reeling under the loveless and nonchalant parenting that his father has rendered after he lost his mother. His father is thinking on the lines of getting hitched again. Gradually, Tom realises that the crime world is not his calling and he would like to switch his path. His realization gives vent to fulfilling his long-forgotten dream of learning the piano. It is a legacy which he got from his mother as she too weaved magic with fingers on the keystrokes. He enrols for piano classes with Miao Lin, a piano teacher. His life seems to be changing for the better when the plot again takes a twist and he finds himself in throes of a passionate affair with a married woman. The woman happens to be the wife of one of his friends. It might be the beginning of the end of his new found peace as he gives into his lustful temptations. Watch the film unfold his life which is caught up in a storm of troubles.
The Beat that My Heart Skipped (2005)
Being dislocated from your home town is ghastly enough. What happens if you are not able to settle down even after trying to merge in a new city or new country with no assurance of any security? He helps two more refugees, a woman and a young girl and passes them on as his wife and daughter. The nightmare and the personal struggle hasn’t yet ended for him, he realises. As he is trying his best to rebuild his domestic arena, he is again pushed to a struggle to save his family from the clutches of the thriving drug mafia which rules the city. The tear jerking sentimental saga Moves the audience. The audience can relate to the terrible ordeal of the protagonist and realize the significance and security which our home offers us. Antonythasan Jesuthasan shines in the role of Dheepan , The woman is played by Kalieaswari Srinivasan and the young girl is played by Claudine Vinasithamby. The film garnered rave reviews and was awarded the coveted Palm d’Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2015.It was also screened at the Toronto Film Festival 2015.