Arabian Nights
France / 2009 / French, Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 150 minutes
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A young, illiterate French-Arab career criminal, Malik arrives at an adult prison, and is immediately thrust into the jail's complex, cut-throat gang culture. As Malik, upcoming star Tahar Rahim is mesmerising; from his first 'missions' to satisfy a terrifying Corsican prison mafia boss (played by Audiard regular Niels Arestrup), through to his own violent rise through the ranks of the criminal underworld. A taut, gripping account of Malik's profound journey from nervous, overwhelmed petty con boy to mature, perceptive man, this visceral, magnetic thriller - adored by the critics at Cannes -- is one of the films of the year.


Drama, Thriller

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