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Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men) (Bilingual)
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on June 3, 2013
It shows the difficulty of life/death choices with which I identified because of previous missionary experiences. It also gives incite into a Religious Community
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on May 23, 2013
Beauvois' portrayal of a Trappist monk community in the Atlas mountains of Algeria is strikingly simple in setting and style, and for that reason is so powerful.
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on February 6, 2013
I saw this as a movie in a movie theatre. I thought it was one of the best movies I had ever seen, the story of a group of monks, very human beings, facing a life or death decision. I wanted to see it again. This DVD did not come up to my expectations. Maybe seeing it on a small screen took away some of the atmosphere of the story's setting. Maybe the movie has been trimmed to fit the TV screen. I was very disappointed in viewing this.
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on February 6, 2013
Je l'ai offert a une amie . Le film est très bon mais il y a des longueurs . Mon amie en est très satisfaite puisque c'est le film qu'elle désirait.
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on January 31, 2013
A picture of charity and daily giving oneself for others. It also presents the reality of human frailty, fear in the face of certain hostility and finally, acceptance of and submission to death itself at the hands of brutal and unforgiving forces. A very moving and inspiring portrayal of good and evil.
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on November 25, 2012
Une histoire qui vous retient jusqu'à la fin mais qui n'est certainement pas susceptible de faire surgir en vous un grand amour pour les islamistes.
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Living in a religious community, Trappist monks are renowned for exercising a vow of silence on any matters that do not relate to their practical existence. Idle talk is thought to detract from holy living and daily chores so is greatly discouraged. This film introduces us to a monastic world where this vow or spiritual pledge is going to be significantly tested by circumstances inside and outside the cloister. It is the 1990s and this order of French monks have been serving in Algeria for over a hundred fifty years in the shadows of the Atlas Mountains. They have blended in with the local Muslim community in such a way that they are regarded as friends and brothers. These old men, a remnant of pieds-noirs who did not return to France in the 1960s, have committed their lives to serving God and helping others in need. The filmmaker and actors do a wonderful job in capturing monastic life in all its simplicity of practice and complexity of values. The stark natural features of surrounding countryside and the cultural richness of local village life offer effective settings in which to view this amazing tale of devotion. When a new crisis occurs, in the form of terrorist attacks and killings, in this normal tranquil environment, the Trappists are forced to make a critical decision that amounts to fight or flight. Like other reviewers, I found that special moment in the film happening when the monks celebrated over a meal - in most untrappist-like fashion - their decision to remain true to their vows of service in spite of mounting danger. God has called them to serve even if it means dying a martyr's death.
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on August 27, 2012
Very powerful reflection on the impact of the increasing violence of the world and how this small community choose how to face it. Deeply striking about the struggle of a person when faced with the thread of violence. Captures very well the circumstances that lead up to this real-life tragedy.
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This moving drama is based on the true events that took place in 1996, when seven French Trappist monks from the monastery of Tibhirine, Algeria were kidnapped from their monastery. This was during the Algerian Civil War and daily atrocities were frequent.

Xavier Bouvois wanted to make a film about the reasons behind the monks deciding to stay. They knew how dire their position was and yet continued to minister to their flock, providing, advice, comfort and medical help. They lived an almost subsistence lifestyle, selling their excess produce at the local market and living life as piously as they could.

When hostilities get closer they have to face up to Islamist extremists and their own cowardice in the face of what could be a certain, horrible, death.

This is a slow burning powerful film, which is beautifully shot and framed. The acting is superb in its understatement especially by Lambert Wilson as Brother Christian and Michael Lonsdale as Luc. It is in essence a film about faith and togetherness, the monks are all supportive of each other and that strength seems to pull them through. Even though they are democratic they have an agreed leader, but still feel at home in questioning him and it is through that process that we get to see more of who these extraordinary men were. It received masses of critical accolades even getting a 92% rating on `Rotten Tomatoes', as well as the more serious Cannes Grand Prix prize.

I was moved by this film and was really left wanting more at the end, but it is only at that point that you realise that the story teller has done his job; the next chapter would be too horrible. Still an excellent piece of cinema that should be a must for lovers of European Cinema.
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on December 23, 2011
Ce film était un des plus platte que j'ai jamais vue, je n'ai pas aimer cette histoire, je ne le recommande pas a personne. c'était pour moi un mauvais choix.
le titre est très décevant
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