Patient, meditative, delicate and honest, Of Gods and Men is a film of an incomparable purity about an act of genuine heroism. Xavier Beauvois created a beautiful and soulful, yet earnest masterwork about a group of brilliantly constructed and fully realized characters and their place in the world, their faith and their challenging moral dilemmas. In just two words, this Grand Prix winner is quietly masterful.
Christianity has always had an uncomfortable comfort with martyrdom: it is a paramount manifestation of suffering and evil in the world, but also a vehicle for Grace. It succeeds in depicting this concept of radical faith, but it doesn't provide answers - those should be made on our own terms. Most fascinating is the film's inevitability of violence: at the beginning we know they'll die. They seem to know it too.
El aislamiento de un monasterio en las montañas de Marruecos. Una historia real, o de menos basada en un hecho histórico. La delicadesa del director de subrayar hasta la tierra en las uñas en una toma. Las épicas actuaciones. Los coros místicos. En fin, un filme que parece alertagado, resulta una joya original.
What a load of crock! Good god. Really almost nothing but machismo honor complexes, religious people "reaching out" to people of other religions, and religious martyrdom propaganda. Some of the minutes in the last few minutes were good. But this film is hardly art. Very heavy-handed and just plain stupid.
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.
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.