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Of Gods and Men

Of Gods and Men
Monday March 28th, 2011

Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men is a very powerful film based on actual events that occurred at a French monastery in Algeria in the 1990s during the Algerian Civil War.

The Trappist monks live a hard life of prayer and self-sacrifice. They live in peace with the villagers who have come to depend on them for help. When one day a group of Croatian workers are murdered by radicals the monks realize that their lives could be in jeopardy. Some of them begin to think about returning to France. Would they be deserting their flock if they left?

This is great ensemble acting especially Lambert Wilson as Christian, the leader of the monastery and Michael Lonsdale as Luc, the old physician. It's hard to understand how this picture failed to make the Academy's short list for Best Foreign Language Film. It won the Grand Prix award at Cannes as well as other European awards and the National Board of Review cited it as the Best Foreign Language Film of 2010.