A Prophet (Un Prophète) (2009)

First published by EyeforFilm “You can’t read, right? It’s not too late. There’s a prison school. You can learn in here. My idea is to leave here a little smarter.” The man who dispenses this advice, Reyeb (Hichem Yacoubi), will, in minutes, be dead but nonetheless his killer, 19-year-old Malik el Djebena (Tahar Rahim), heeds…

Whiplash (2014) capsule

First published by Sight & Sound Whiplash is a syncopated Faust (or The Social Network with polyrhythms), drumming away at the wages of elitist education and artistic excellence, while delivering this year’s tensest and most exhilarating climax. Here the final rewards are very hard earned. Anton Bitel