Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa’s words will incite rebellion.
“The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.”
I watched this movie a few weeks ago but never got around to reviewing it as the demands of university got in the way. But here it is, better late than never.
As you’ve probably guessed, this is an adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s novel. The movie intertwines exerts of Gibran’s poetry with the central plot, bringing the words alive. The plot of the movie centers around a young girl Almitra who is inspired by Mustafa’s poetry, art, and optimistic outlook on life. Along with her mother she embarks on a journey to free Mustafa. He is the mouthpiece through which Gibran’s poetry is recited as they encounter new people and challenges on their journey.
The animation for the main plot is lovely, full of light and colour:
Each section of poetry is animated in a different style, reflecting the possibilities that arise when interpreting the vivid poetry. The art helps to explain the verses which can be a little challenging to understand at times, and allows for a different way of engaging with the poetry. For me, poetry has always been closely tied to art so it made so much sense to illustrate the words in this way.
Memorable and visually arresting, The Prophet brought Gibran’s poetry to life and makes a seemingly daunting work of literature approachable and engaging.