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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.
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.
Peaceful despite the fundamentalists raging around. Beautiful scenery, harmonious chanting and sweet characters. Against all odds I liked the film and it raised a lot of interest in the film club, many first time visitors in the audience!
Gorgeous cinematography paves the way in this moving film about nine French monks living amongst muslims in Algeria. They hav elived harmoniously for many years but when a civil war breaks out and a number of casualties are being reported - some with no apparent motive - the monks must decide whether to stay in their community or return to France.
It's a powerful film, if a little slow, with the performances from each and every actor bringing out the emotion and gravity of the situation. Michael Lonsdale is without doubt the standout as Luc, a tired doctor amongst the monks who is resolute in his wishes to stay. The actual story wasn't too familiar to me before watching but it's especially moving come the 'last supper' and the final credits.
Anyone familiar with '50s American cinema will be able to guess and work their way through every moment of this film which secures itself in the Christian missionary genre and follows through each element in as pleasant and safe a manner as possible. It's better then some examples of the genre, Stahl's The Keys of the Kingdom, and worse then others, The Left Hand of God, mostly due to a very modern attitude which prevents it from having a political reality. Also thanks to a surprising sensitivity toward the savage heathens these films always have to have for needless conflict it is easy to be fond of the movie though leaving a question of what its purpose is beyond simplistic…
This has been an Art House success in England – I missed it the first time around but it returned for a week to my local arts cinema and I caught up with it. At first, it wasn’t that I was disappointed, rather, I positively disliked the film – but there are more interesting things about it as it goes on. There is a lot of scene setting at the beginning of the film: we are introduced to the religious community and watch them at their daily routines, and we watch them interacting with the local Algerian villagers. It is very peaceful, restfully paced, the building up of details...and abominably sentimental. The community is an idyllic haven of peace. Luc…
Based on a true story, this film tells the story of a small group of French monks in an Algerian monastery in 1995, caught between their order, the corrupt Algerian government, and an Islamic terrorist group. The beginning shows the fairly symbiotic relationship between the monks and the village they serve, though it's interesting that they seem to have little interest in converting any of the Muslims around them (perhaps it's worth noting there is a difference between a monastery and a mission), but instead serve among them, providing medical care, advice and a listening ear, prayer when desired, and above all a stable presence in the region.
The Islamist group threatens the delicate balance, with growing violence and threats…
Watched with a group of students, and they were very, very quiet at the end. It's really hard for me to imagine any other reaction, really. And that's a huge testament to the filmmakers, who were faced with the huge challenge of telling a story that has a pretty-clearly telegraphed ending, yet somehow manage to keep their audience engaged the whole time (and greatly moved by the end).
I was particularly struck this time around by all the places the story could have ended: The Helicopter vs. Chant scene; the Last Supper with Tchaikovsky; even the moment when the two overlooked brothers embrace. Yet the moment Beauvois actually chooses as his ending is far less obvious (and even more striking and moving, as a result). We don't get a huge climax or glorious send-off, because finally, this film is about the way the brothers live their lives, not the way those lives are ended.
Very moving film.
Beautifully realized and peacefully crafted at near perfection, Of Gods and Men is a great character study of 8 monks living in one roof and their bonding and the way it explores religion is realistic and authentic.
A thought provoking drama from director Xavier Beauvois.
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