In a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s, eight French Christian monks live in peace with their Muslim brothers. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. Should the monks stay or leave?
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to me it is a film about the personal choices of eight men. it is not an attempt to redeem the church, since the clerical discourse seems as fragmentary and optional today like any other subculture's, on the colorful market of beliefs and disbeliefs. the same deity that pushed some to kill pushed these not to.
I was surprised that "Des hommes et des dieux" was France's submission. I wasn't planning to see it, but did. It's a remarkable movie. Inspiring. However, I don't think it was as good as "A Prophet", which was nominated for Best Foreign Picture, but didn't win. However, if there are weaker foreign films this year, I could picture this one winning. It is a bit slow in parts, but the message does get through.
A plenitude do ser humano num filme onde o fino véu da religião se dissolve no mais derradeiro poder da solidão. Mais forte do que a orla da violência, da guerra e do terrorismo, “Dos homens e dos Deuses” é uma viagem pelo escrutínio da serenidade, da compaixão e da luta pelos valores da fé cristã.
A thoughtful and complex take on Christian/Muslim relations and a lyrical evocation of selfless faith. It's a compelling true-life tale, with perhaps one of the most haunting final shots in recent memory.