Have you ever watched a movie that when it starts, you cannot wait to leave, but when it ends, you cannot wait to see it again? “The Prophet” is that movie.
Produced by Salma Hayek, this animated feature is broken into “chapters,” each directed by a different person.
This animated feature tells the story of Mustafa (voiced by Liam Neeson), a poet and philosopher who has been under house arrest for many years. We enter the story as he is set to be freed and deported back to his home country.
On that day, he meets a young girl named Almitra (voiced by Quvenzhané Wallis). Loved by the townspeople, but hated (and feared) by local authorities, Mustafa and Almitra learn there may be other plans for this celebrated individual.
While the film is appropriate for all audiences, there is a strong message to the story that adults will appreciate. Poems recited by Mustafa transform into abstract animation, with a strange “music video” feel.
Each scene is wildly unique, as different directors tackled each one. This abstractness may lead the casual moviegoer, or small children into boredom. But, those that appreciate finer cinema will eventually be drawn into the story and message for that very reason.