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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.
"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.
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…
"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.
Of Gods and Men is a very beautiful tale, but not necessarily a fulfilling one. It centers around a group of monks in Northern Africa during an Islamic terrorist attack. The story is very intimate and does a good job at showcasing the power of their faith. But while doing this, the focus of the film wanders. Hell, the majority of this film is them praying quietly. While I give it props for being accurate, the inability to engage the audience is a huge flaw. While Of Gods and Men has a powerful story to tell, the actual process of the story leaves a lot to be desired.
A strong film indeed. It has some interesting insights on the life of monks and missionaries in general. Being supposedly faithful to the story of Trappist monks in Algeria during its civil war that met a tragic fate is what carries most of its weight.
A big share of its time is spent revolving around liturgy. In this sense, it is like taking part of a mass. By one side, it is interesting to check the parallels of the Catholic (and Islamic) thought and their situation, how faith manages to give people strength, meaning and so on. But in another, it can be oftentimes boring if you don't know much how to appreciate religious philosophy.
This movie tells the story of Christian monks helping a middle east village in a monastery. Someday terrorists ask for medical help. Then, they begin a debate to leave or to stay at the monastery.
Really needed this as an antidote to the day's dreadful events.
Trage maar mooie film met een bijzonder thema tw het leven in een klooster midden in een islamitische gemeenschap. Het geweld weerspiegelt de politieke spanningen in de islamitische wereld.
Ispirato dal martirio del monaci cistercensi di Tibhirine nel 1996. Dialoghi sublimi.
Profound and moving courage shown in actions of the heart rather than violence, one to see before you die
Good, yet sad true story about a group of French monks in Algeria. They are living there, helping the local population. Even though they are Christians, they live peacefully among the mostly Muslim population. Until a group of terrorists show up. The monks are urged to leave, but they decide to stay, not wanting to abandon the people who need their help. Good flick that despite having so much religious talk, never feels preachy.
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." Blaise Pascal.
A group of French monks living in Algeria resist demands for them to leave the county when they come under threat from insurgents, refusing to abandon the community which depends upon them.
I don't know whether this is a meditation on good and evil or on stubbornness and a refusal to accept the inevitable or just the telling of the story of these men whose fate, once they decided to stay against all best advice was inevitable.
But what I can't help but feel is that for the believers, religion is an excuse for everything. It's the only reason they do good things and it's what excuses acts of evil.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…