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However, government forces and local Muslim terrorists interfere with the peaceful co-existence.
As viewers we get to see the intensely personal struggle each monk goes through to decide whether to leave or to remain in the face of impending doom. The tense moments are interspersed with scenes of quiet religiousity as the monks perform their daily rituals.
A tense and realistic look at a real-life event.
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.
The dialogue is fantastic, and it's one of those films that is rather sad, in some ways -- but beautifully filmed and very well acted. I am part German, part Americanski and totally Canadian EH!! -- but I genuinely liked it. I would recommend it to all my friends. It's inspiring and thoughtful. It's nice to see a film that doesn't put down our priests.
The priesthood is a great challenge as a vocation(NOT just a 'job'). The few that misbehave make the headlines. Here are some Trappists who really gave their lives to the service of a little village in Algiers and were ultimately killed by terrorists. I like it too - because it doesn't target Islam, but the terrorists as the bad guys. It's the right perspective too.
Here are some men who gave their lives for their concern for the poor - the downtrodden. They lived their lives heroically and died in a noble manner.
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Something is wrong with the DVD. It makes an annoying sound when I play it - like a cheaply made copy. Other DVDs play on my system w/o the same noise. Read morePublished 4 months ago by trundle
It shows the difficulty of life/death choices with which I identified because of previous missionary experiences. It also gives incite into a Religious CommunityPublished on June 3 2013 by Sister Andrea Dumont
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.Published on May 23 2013 by Alex Karney
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2013 by Hugh G. Swandel
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.Published on Feb. 6 2013 by colette charron
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2013 by Grandpa