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.

Member Reviews

  • Disappointing. It was an extraordinarily slow movie that spent a lot of time watching the monks at their prayers. The story had promise to really develop into something memorable...but "nothing" happened. The acting was great, but the film missed the opportunity to develop the story and give you a sense of connection with the characters.

  • A slow movie that is magnificently filmed. The point is that it builds your understanding by relating to the monks likely thought processes. This is one movie where watching all the extras really adds a lot to this inspirational film.

  • 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.

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