Both his demon and his salvation in prison is the specter of one of the first people he really got to know during his incarceration Although he has spent the better part of his life in juvenile detention, this stint is his first in an adult prison
The innocent Malik has no idea what to do but cooperate But this movie is a modern work of art and I adhere to a very strict definition of art and even if you might not "get it" it should be thoroughly enjoyable, the cast does a marvelous job a testament to the director's skill , and it's marvelously shot and cut

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This move does not sit well with the other Corsicans, who only see Malik as a dirty Algerian, and the Muslims who now mistrust him.

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Beyond the division of Corsicans and Muslims in the prison the Corsicans who with their guard connections rule what happens in the prison , he has no known friends or enemies inside
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But as time goes on, Malik works to save himself while in prison, while setting up his life post prison on his own terms
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So yeah, go watch it as soon as you get the chance
Yes this movie contains racism and some unpleasant actors, but prisoners usually aren't stand up citizens He is just hoping to serve his time in peace and without incident, despite having no prospects once he's out of jail since he's illiterate and has no support outside of the prison
This is the kind of movie where you can't look away, every scene flows seamlessly into the next

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But I wouldn't dare spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet.

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And these characters and location of the film are essential to the core message of the film, I guess if you don't know at least the basics of Islams or some of its myths then maybe the movie might go over your head
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