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An impressionable and vulnerable Arabic man gets thrust into a hellish prison, and ironically discovers greater opportunities for success than he ever possessed outside of the bars, in this violent melodrama from French succès d'estime Jacques Audiard (Jacques Audiard). Tahar Rahim stars as Malik El Djebena, a petty criminal incarcerated for six years. Once inside and subjected to all of the standard brutalities that most prisoners endure, he is quickly educated in the "ways" of the prison, an institution torn violently between gangs of Corsicans and Arabs. The head Corsican thug, César Luciani (Niels Arestrup), offers Malik an ultimatum: either he rubs out an Arab inmate named Reyeb (Hichem Yacoubi), or he himself dies. Not only does Malik succeed with the hit, he earns the begrudging respect of the other prisoners, and -- after securing several days' release for good behavior -- uses off-time to forge a deeper and more multi-layered network of criminal ties than he ever dreamed possible. But as his own power and confidence grow, they threaten to outstrip César's own insistence on submission and obedience at all costs. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:February 26, 2010


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Jacques Audiard Best Foreign Film 2009 Nominee
L.A. Film Critics Association Niels Arestrup Best Supporting Actor 2010 Winner


Tahar Rahim
as Malik El Djebena
Niels Arestrup
as César Luciani
Adel Bencherif
as Ryad
Reda Kateb
as Jordi le gitan
Hichem Yacoubi
as Reyeb
Gilles Cohen
as Prof
Antoine Basler
as Pilicci
Leila Bekhti
as Djamila
Pierre Leccia
as Sampierro
Foued Nassah
as Antaro


Jacques Audiard
Jacques Audiard
Thomas Bidegain
Stephane Fontaine
Alexandre Desplat
Composer (Music Score)
Juliette Welfling
Michel Barthelemy
Production Designer
Michel Barthelemy
Art Director
Virginie Montel
Costume Designer
Richard Rousseau
Costume Designer
Francis Wargnier
Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Paul Hurier
Sound/Sound Designer
Brigitte Taillandier
Sound/Sound Designer
Marc Doisne
Sound/Sound Designer
Serge Onteniente
First Assistant Director
Roger Arpajou
Still Photographer
Frederique Ney
Martine Cassinelli
Line Producer
Nicolas Peufaillit
From Screenplay by
Beatrice Mauduit
Post Production Supervisor
Abdel Raouf Dafri
From Screenplay by
Abdel Raouf Dafri
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