The film comes to concern a selfless martyr before morphing, most absurdly, into a disease-of-the-week tearjerker.
The film ends up defining Loïe Fuller less by her innovations than by her willingness to suffer for her art.
Criterion has done a commendable job in supplementing Jacques Audiard’s film.
Jacques Audiard’s film struggles to overcome the burden of its over-simplified, moralizing setup.
Its sin is its willingness to interrogate ripped-from-the-headlines topicalities in service of an essentially rote idea.
A crude love story about humans, animals, and the scant qualities separating the two.
It’s occasionally too icily removed, but it compensates through its perpetual concern with understanding its characters and their untenable situations.
The cool-headed commentary track by director Jacques Audiard, co-screenwriter Thomas Bidegain, and actor Tahar Rahim is a perfect mix of social and moral insights and behind-the-scenes anecdotes.
It’s only natural that Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet is situated primarily within a roughneck French prison.