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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…
"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.
Patient, sincere and oh, so beautiful.
Each one of the monks are fully realized characters, so earnest in their commitments and so believably troubled by the difficult decision they find themselves burdened with. Should they flea their mission field because of the approaching danger? Or stay where they are in spite of it?
Flowing around and throughout these characters and their sacred monastery is the language of love. The highest achievement for these men is to learn to speak that language fluently. There is a moment of communion near the climax of the film that is as breathtaking as anything I've ever witnessed on film.
There is a very rare kind of purity at work here, and I can't wait to relish in this masterpiece a second time.
Xavier Beauvois has constructed a patient, deeply moving moral tapestry with Of Gods and Men. Based on a brutally sad true story, the film follows a group of monks living in Algeria in 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. The monks struggle with whether or not they should stay in their monastery or leave after learning of a group of Muslim extremists who are very likely going to target them. Eventually, they are taken hostage. The film is almost meditatively slow, allowing the viewer to become personally connected to all of the monks as individuals as well as succumbing to the sense of fear throughout the film. The performances are outstanding, especially Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale, and the production value gorgeous. A really outstanding film on every level. I can't wait to revisit it.
"To leave is to die."
(c) Of Gods and Men
Powerful but delicate,
Sad but uplifting,
Slow but mesmerising
A touching true story, beautifully brought to film. Unfortunately it's a story about one decision, and even if you don't know the facts that inspired the movie, you'll immediately know what will happen.
The depiction of life in the monastery is great, but it's not enough for a great movie.
Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. - IMDB
When a film can make me sit there and really make a decision on what I'd do in the circumstance, I feel like it has to have a certain amount of substance to it that sits well with me.
I'm not religious in any way whatsoever, but I can appreciate the plight these monks went through somewhat. Especially these days with what's happening in the world.
This is a great film that's well done from start to finish. The suspense throughout is the catalyst for clutching at my attention all the way. Recommend.
Quiet and well acted, forgetably enjoyable in patches, airy, with lots of scenes of just monks silently working.
I found it too empty, and too distanced from the actual civil unrest that the story was supposed to be situated amidst. Basically it's just a bunch of long shots of monks doing stuff
I have nothing to complain about this film except for the fact that there was absolutely nothing in it that caught my interest or attention. I didn’t find remotely interesting neither the plot nor the characters and this resulted in one of the most boring movies I have ever seen in my entire life. As far as movies go, I tend to be quite annoyed whenever I encounter a film that bores me so much; this one earned a gold medal in that department. If we add to this that by nature the movie was massively slow paced, it could only make things worse.
I acknowledge it was a correctly made picture and the acting was good, but neither one thing nor the other impressed me or caused me any admiration or respect.
Some people would call this movie artsy. I call it plain boring.
My third time watching this in a little over a year. I introduced it to beloved friend and mentor, who has spent time living with a group of modern urban monks in London. What a joy to pass this on to others.
What struck me this time was the prayerful posture that permeates the films space. It slow pace forces you to slow down and contemplate the larger realties at work, the first step for entering into prayer.
But I think I'll give this one some space before watching it again. I need to give it some time to age.
Looking forward to a second viewing. One of the most memorable films I have seen; giving me one of the most emotional responses to a film.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
- The Act of Killing
- Age is...
- Almayer's Folly
- At Berkeley
- The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
The vote for Far From Afeghanistan is for the Travis Wilkerson's Fragments of Dissolution only.