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The Prayer

Between heaven and Earth
Thomas is a drug addict. In an effort to put an end to his habit, he joins a community of former addicts who live isolated in the mountains and use prayer as a way to cure themselves.
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.
Original title
La prière
English title
The Prayer
Year
2018
Country
Language
FR
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
103 min
Genre
Age rating
15+

Festivals
National
Be2Can
International
Berlinale

Awards

Berlin IFF
Best Actor
2018
César
Nominee | Most Promising Actor
2019
Lumiere Awards
Nominee | Most Promising Actor
2019

Media reception

Variety
"A film as clean and bracing as the mountain air that surrounds it."
The Playlist
"It’s a breakout role for Bajon, who has the potential to develop into a significant French performer."

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