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 touch amongst the monks, the weight of their philosophical struggle, the notion of courage derived from their faith and their faith, in turn, derived from their sense of purpose, resonates to the very spiritual core all things human. It’s rare to see belief taken so seriously in art and still have the work transcend the particulars and specifics of any single faith. This is a clean, good, pure act of creativity, uncorrupted by artifice and one of the finest films about religion this atheist has seen in a long time.