The Prayer

The Prayer

La prière
Fanny Burdino
Samuel Doux
Alex Brendemühl
Anthony Bajon
Damien Chapelle
Louise Grinberg
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Berlinale 2018 - Silver Bear

Thomas, a 22-year-old heroin addict, joins an isolated community at a Catholic rehab centre in the French Alps with the aim to try to kick his habit. The film chronicles his difficult path to recovery through a mix of prayer and hard labour, the short-tempered adolescent’s transformation into an independent, spiritual being. Its greatest fortes are unpretentious, precise direction, the courage to render the story in painful detail and a brilliant cast. Kahn’s feature is a humble character study, a formally pure, quiet celebration of human compassion and determination – a discreet, yet piercing and unsentimental account of faith, redemption, addiction, and the tough choice one is compelled to make between love of humans and God.

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Cédric Kahn

The French director, screenwriter and actor Cédric Kahn (1966) launched his career in the 1990s. His major early films include the drama L'Ennui (1998), based on Alberto Moravia’s novel Boredom, and Roberto Succo (2001), screened at Cannes. Over the past few years, Kahn has garnered accolades at several festivals, including the Special Jury Prize in San Sebastian for the drama Vie sauvage (2014), depicting the chagrin of a man hiding his two sons following a divorce. The young talent Anthony Bajon, starring in Kahn’s latest feature, The Prayer, won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at this year’s Berlinale.
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