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…

Diplomacy (2014)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, Jan 2015 Synopsis: Paris before dawn, 25th August 1944. With the Allies due in the city centre within hours, General Dietrich von Choltitz prepares to enact Hitler’s orders to level the capital with rigged explosives. The Swedish consul Raoul Nordling enters Choltitz’s suite at the Hôtel Meurice via…

Our Children (2012)

Review first published on EyeforFilm. This film will end with the death of four young children. It is no criminal spoiler to reveal this, as Our Children opens at its end: an anguished woman in hospital insists that Mounir be told they should be buried in Morocco, and then we see an older man gravely…