A monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers.
When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay… come what may.
Xavier Beauvois (b. 1967, Auchel, France) is a French actor, screenwriter, and director. His film Don’t Forget You’re Going to Die (N’oublie pas que tu vas mourir, 1995) took the Prix Jean Vigo along with the Cannes festival’s Jury Prize. His generic diversity was confirmed by the unconventional crime drama The Young Lieutenant (Le petit lieutenant, 2005), with a Best Actress César going to Nathalie Baye for her performance in the film. In addition to his own directorial efforts, Beauvois has also worked as assistant to Manoel de Oliveira and André Téchiné, and acted in the latter’s film The Witnesses (Les témoins, 2007). He had a significant role in Benoît Jacquot’s Villa Amalia, which competed at KVIFF 2009. Of Gods and Men was presented in the main competition at Cannes, winning the Grand Prix. –KVIFF
Outstanding performances and I guess it's that what I enjoyed the most about this film. However, unlike the majority, I did not feel touched and as somone else mentioned I felt pretty much an outsider most of the time. For some reason just couldn't connect with the story or bond with the characters.
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English Title: Of Gods and Men
Original Title: Des hommes et des dieux
Language: Arabic, French
Genre: Drama, History
Director: Xavier Beauvois… read review
OF GODS AND MEN (Xavier Beauvois, 2011)
When you want to see a movie that you already know the ending to, you anticipate that the film will analyze and observe the things that happened before the… read review
Incredibly meditative and full of grace. A cinematic prayer. It manages to celebrate both Christianity and Islam while still telling, in the quietest possible way, a story of extremism. The ease of… read review