French jail movie delights critics at Cannes

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France's first of four movies competing for the Cannes film festival's Palme d'Or - Jacques Audiard's "The Prophet" - delighted critics at a preview screening Saturday.

CANNES - France's first of four movies competing for the Cannes film festival's Palme d'Or - Jacques Audiard's "The Prophet" - delighted critics at a preview screening Saturday.

Despite its two-and-a-half hour length, Cannes' often hardened critics gave the stark movie set largely inside a jail a huge round of applause.

An illiterate, smalltime criminal is the "The Prophet" in the film, a 19-year-old with North African Arab roots and no family, who is quickly exploited by hardened convicts but learns how to get his own way.

It is one of 20 movies vying for the trophy to be awarded on 24 May at the close of the 12-day Cannes film bonanza. It gets its official premiere later Saturday.

AFP/ Expatica

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