The Prophet

The Prophet

DVD - 2016
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Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa, but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa's return home, but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Studios Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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scribby
Oct 19, 2017

A classic book, but a question: how does one film a book of poetry? Answer: Let the poems live, each separately, each in its own universe.

In some ways, of course, if one wants to animate a collection of poetry, this would be the one to choose: there is a filmable framing story of the author’s idealized alter ego – the prophet of the title and supposed writer of the poems. To this, the animators (more than one group) added the character of a mute little girl, who sees all the action from the view of an emotionally disturbed child. She can also probably talk to gulls.

The question occurs to what extent the story is allegorical. The animators have highlighted Christian aspects in the story by suggesting a miracle near the end, and showing the sails of the departing ship in the last scene in the obvious shape of a cross. The prophet is voiced by Liam Neeson, who voiced another animated Christ-figure in cinema: Aslan, the Great Lion of Narnia.

Standing apart from the allegory (but intimately connected to it), the sections of poetry are each individual. Drawn by different animators in different styles (surrealistic, quasi-Impressionist, “Middle Eastern” geometrical abstracts, even “Celtic” – though not as obviously as “Song of the Sea” or “The Secret of Kells” – with the poem itself sung), they resonate long after the movie is over. One might have to read them in the printed version to really "get" them, however.

This is not really a movie for kids despite being animated. Like “Boy and the World” and “Only Yesterday”, it takes the art-form of animation into new, and in this case lovely, territory.

Library_Jill Aug 29, 2017

Interesting collection of a series of philosophical poems set to different styles of animation and music, all held together by the story of a working widow and her mute daughter whose lives intertwine with that of a visionary being released from house arrest to return to his home country. I was unfamiliar with the book of poetry that this movie was based on and from which the poems were drawn, so I had no background when I began watching. I was reminded favorably of Disney's Fantasia movies at times, with the different art styles and mini-visual-stories that were shown accompanying the different poems that Liam Neeson narrated, though I felt at the end that I might need to go back and read the poems on a printed page to fully appreciate what was being said.

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biny
May 06, 2016

The Kahlil Gibran's works for children.

cmlibrary_anickerson Mar 29, 2016

I was a fan of Kahlil Gibran in the early 70's and was thrilled to discover this animated version of his book The Prophet. Well told story and beautifully illustrated pieces of his prose and poetry throughout.

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kerkrobe
Mar 04, 2016

Fun way to read poetry.

Radharc Feb 23, 2016

Beautiful adaptation BASED on the beloved book by Kahlil Gibran. Eight of the original 26 "essays" are directed by different animators (including Bill Plympton). Some of the animations are simply breathtaking. The framework story is quaint, and overall, pleasant enough for children. Best part of all, though, is hearing Liam Neeson read the essays. RECOMMENDED!

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