Of Gods and Men 2010

Loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996, Of Gods and Men tells a story of eight French Christian monks who live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. When a crew of foreign workers is…
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Loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996, Of Gods and Men tells a story of eight French Christian monks who live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps through the region. The army offers them protection but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their minds they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay... come what may.

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  • Interesting but was very drawn out - could and should have been a shorter movie.

  • Sad tale once again showing people can live peacefully together with all their differences, until powerful war mongers come along. Happens so often. It was a rather slow moving movie but it showed how different people react in dangerous situations.

    Kay
  • Did i miss something? Seems that the sub-titler was drinking too much Beaujolais: only bothered translating the odd sentence in between glasses. My schoolboy French didn't stretch far enough- annoying, as it seems to be a thought provoking film.

  • A deliberately slow and meditative film about a group of monks living in Algeria at the time of the civil war between the government and the Islamic extremist opposition. It is a beautifully constructed film that elicits wonderful performances from each member of the cast. For the duration of the film and beyond you feel part of this religious group and come to understand why they chose to stay in Algeria and to accept their kidnapping and inevitable fate. A film that stays with you long after the closing credits.

  • A quiet, contemplative film based on the real life story of eight French monks living in a remote monastery in Algeria in the 1990's and the growing menace of local terrorists who threaten the monks' tranquil life, resulting in a tragic ending. Interesting and mildly suspenseful, though some may find it a little slow. I am not religious, so found the frequent biblical chanting, singing and readings to be a little tedious, but a good movie otherwise. The special features are worth looking at for further info on the real monks on whom this movie is based, and interviews with their relatives.

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