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Of Gods and Men
In the face of terror, their greatest weapon was faith...
French drama based on the 1996 kidnapping and killing of seven monks in Algeria. A group of Trappist monks reside in the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria, where they live in harmony with the largely muslim population. When a bloody conflict between Algeria's army and Muslim Jihadi insurgents disrupts the peace, they are forced to consider fleeing the monastery and deserting the villagers they have ministered to. In the face of deadly violence the monks wrestle with their faith and their convictions, eventually deciding to stay and help their neighbours keep the army and the insurgents at bay.
The above reflection is one that could, in all fairness, be readily applied to any number of beautiful, slow moving films. Of Gods and Men is slow, yes - the initial hour is especially sluggish on first watch - but is unspeakably rewarding on revisits. It's also beautifully photographed. But looking back, I think my comment regarding beauty had more to do with the film's sincerity than anything else. I think I was most struck by the film's rendering of profoundly Christian piety with unflinching truthfulness and integrity. There's much talk of love and peace both within and outside of the walls of the monastery, but these virtues are felt just as much as…
"I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes." - Psalms 82:6–7
All evil souls deserve to die in hell for the inhumanities they inflict upon others..Revenge is never an option.The message is well intended.Great camerawork depicting the landscapes and a heartbreaking ending.
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."
Winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival of 2010, Des hommes et des dieux is a striking testament of faith and human perseverance in extremely dangerous environments. The arguments regarding whether the monastery held a correct religion approved by God's Word is irrelevant; this beautifully shot jewel stands as another proof of the power of love towards humanity, as a parable of the Good Shepherd, as a moving feature film of great power without the need of resorting to melodramatic elements. Its universal message transcends political and religious boundaries.
Remember that love is eternal hope.
Krzysztof Kieslowski once said: "If there is anything worthwhile doing for the sake of culture, then it is touching on subject matters and situations which link people, and not those that divide people. There are too many things in the world which divide people, such as religion, politics, history, and nationalism."
Surprisingly, Of Gods and Men shows us differently. It is religions that unite humans, responding to the ugly face of humanity and religion itself. It is religion's universal values of kindness that can resonate with humanity. Religion is one unique tool, it is us, human beings who decide how to utilize it.
The cast was amazing. The cinematography was outstanding, the pictures --even oftentimes not the beautiful scenery we…
This is a deeply human and spiritual film. There is also a genuine heartfelt question at the centre of it: namely is it easier to stay and die or to leave and live. This brings an extraordinary tension to scenes that are on the surface quite ordinary. A majestic and deeply moving film, this is one I will be returning to again and again to help restore my faith in humanity.
I can’t profess to be a man of any religious belief. I’m staunchly atheist; I wouldn’t even tip my toe into the ‘spiritual-but-not-religious’ wishy-washy cop out you see as an option on online dating forms. Yet religion and its effects interest me greatly. I can see its use as a crutch during personal crises, or as a means of simplifying one’s existence – to essentially live one’s life according to a text like a metaphysical dice man.
The monastic life certainly intrigues me. It strikes me almost as a functioning form of communism for one thing. I am also interested in what would lead a person to make such a renunciation of the material world and to practically seal oneself…
Watched in June 2011
In 1996 as the Algerian Civil War raged a group of 9 Trappist monks live a simple and peaceful life near a small village in the mountains. They have given their lives to God and worship and pray daily; in between they treat the locals for ailments and help them fill out forms; they walk they land; plants crops for themselves or make honey to sell at the local market. Eventually though the war comes to them and a rebel leader asks fro medical help for his men, which is refused on the basis that they do not leave the monastery to treat people. The rebels go, but the experience is enough to scare the priests…
Q&A for screenwriter and producer (inspired by his father's conversion)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Hey hey, we're the monks!
And people say we're monking around!
But we're too busy staying
To get ourselves the hell out of here!
I was ready to give up after the first thirty minutes of nothing much happening, but the film luckily started to pick up very fast from there on out. The film is a beautiful testament to why these people do what they do and believe what they do. Without spoiling too much, I particularly loved the well done scene towards the end involving the them to Swan Lake.
Thin as a religious statement and muddled as a political one, Xavier Beauvois' drama is best appreciated for what it is: a very strong, terse B-film which delineates the inner workings of a group (in this case, Trappist monks living in Algeria in 1996) through abrupt shorthand, establishes its distinct personalities (including Lambert Wilson as the reluctant leader and King of the Slouches Michael Lonsdale as the resident doctor), and then, in the tradition of the most hermetic Westerns of the 1950s, observes as this "group of individuals" attempts to reach a consensus around a decision (specifically, whether to abandon the monastery or face an uncertain fate at the hands of local extremists). All the long takes in the world…
An extremly good christian movie.
A group of French monks living in a Algerian church is faced with violent problems as near-by region is suddenly taken over by Islamic extremists.
Surprisingly there isn't a lot of religion talk in Of Gods and Men. Despite being a quiet and slow film filled with choir music, the plot and its themes focus more on men, morals and fear.
One of the most remarkable scenes in this is when the army get involved and fly an helicopter to check on things. The contrast between its deafening flight and the monks singing about God was sublime. There's also some nice work regarding the weather - film starts on summer, and as it grows darker and more dangerous, ends on winter.
A beautiful, quiet, reflective film on what it takes to have faith in the face of the greatest adversity. The emotional depth and meaning in this movie comes across in every scene; especially the scenes in which the monks chant the mass and sit with one another at dinner listening to Tchaikovsky.
""men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction""
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