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Of Gods And Men [Blu-ray]

Lambert Wilson , Michael Lonsdale , Xavier Beauvois    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach
  • Directors: Xavier Beauvois
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, Arabic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 11 April 2011
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K7UAEU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,915 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay... come what may. This film is loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life during wartime 26 Feb 2011
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
What is refreshing about the popular and critical success of Of Gods and Men (winner the Grand Prix at Cannes 2010) is not that it is particularly experimental or challenging, but rather that it avoids going either for the populist crowd-pleasing angle or the tear-jerker that its real-life inspiration seems to demand. The film is based on a true story of a small community of Cistercian monks in Tibhirine in Algeria caught up in the country's political troubles during the 1990s. The monks regard it as their duty to bring aid and provide medicine for the local villagers who are suffering because of the local unrest and the battles between the national army and Islamic fundamentalists, but they risk incurring the wrath not only of the fundamentalists through their spreading of Christian beliefs, but also the Algerian army who believe that they may be giving aid and medicine to wounded militants.

It would be all too easy to let the divide that exists in this situation and the choice that is faced by the monks to remain simplistic - should they stay or should they go? Even though there are some reservations expressed, there is never any doubt that the monks will come to the logical Christian conclusion and stay. What is rather more impressive however is how the director refuses to allow this decision to be seen, as it would in a more conventional film, as simply an act of heroism or bravery. The situation is not exploited shamelessly for heavy-handed sentimentality as it would be in a Hollywood production, but rather it goes deeper into the qualities that lie behind courage and potential martyrdom. What the monks have to grapple with are their own doubts, their own flaws, their own fears - their very humanity.
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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Miracle for our times 6 Feb 2011
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An extraordinary film in which actors grew into monks before my eyes and their predicament became real. I was immensely touched by the evident love which existed between the monks and the villagers they served and moved by the image in which the former were compared to a strong branch on which the frail could perch. That such affection and concern could exist between Christians and Moslems was I felt overwhelming. The scene where Luc advises the young girl on love was both amusing and moving and suggestive of the tender ordinariness of the relationships.

Finally the sense of spirituality which suffused the film conveyed often by the silence and immobility became palpable for me and left me with a memory which I am sure will endure.
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense yet subtle drama 24 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
Des Hommes et des Deux (2010) 18

Of Gods and Men (2010) 18

Des Hommes et des Deux manages to tell a story and make you care about the characters whilst it exclaims its philosophy. It says what it has to say without preaching, which must be difficult in a movie where the main characters are monks in a subtle way. It is a modern masterpiece that doubtless will leave its message, and the complex issues that it raises, on the minds of people who have watched it for a long time.

Directed by Xavier Beauvois, the film is based on the lives of Cistercian monks in Algeria and there interaction with the local community in the 1990's during a time of great turmoil where Islamic extremists are taking over the village and according to one scene, the country, against everybody's dismay. The monks are constantly threatened by the presence of the fundamentalists and face a tough decision whether to stay or not as they are the backbone of the village and the only medical treatment the people of the village can gain access to.

The tone of the film does not attempt to portray the monks as all holy and is not quintessentially pro-christian. A lot of the film is the monks struggling with their own faith and each one of them attempt to deal with the events with their own conscience and the most powerful scenes are the ones with the monks sitting around deciding what they are going to do. The film, without actually vocalising it appears on all sorts of philosophical levels and manages to draw a line between the Islamic villagers feelings towards the monks and the terrorists. The main message of the film comes out as it being important to separate the ordinary Algerians with the terrorist uprising, it remains unsaid for much of the film however and is only alluded to once.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual sermon 19 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
I saw this film at the local film theatre. The spiritual journey of the community, from disagreement to unity of purpose, was stunning. The portrayal of their life, both together and within the local Moslem community,was gently unfolded. The sheer love between all concerned was vividly portrayed - and their love of God. It felt like a documentary rather than a drama with actors. It made me want to pray! The final chapter meeting to decide whether to stay or go revealed a depth of love and trust - in both God and each other - was a real revelation. The 'Last Supper' scene was so beautiful and the final scene was more to do with the heavenly journey than earthly death. I would be interested to hear what an atheist made of it. One last comment, as with so many none British/American films, it made me aware of how noisy 'commercial' films are. Watch it at night with everything else switched off - and no breaks for anythhing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good movie, spiritual, slow, the meal scene with the classical music is heart rending.
Published 3 days ago by PHaire
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and true story of a group of monks who ...
A beautiful and true story of a group of monks who have loved and been faithful unto death. An inspirational film but also very unsettling as the experience of these men is that of... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Gerard Rooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, silent, beautiful
This is a lovely film about a group of monks with big hearts and minds, and who wished to serve God and everybody who came into contact with them. I highly recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars A must watch
A very moving, poignant and thought-provoking film. Will mankind ever learn to live in harmony? A good film for anyone interested in theology, religions and/or human relationships
Published 3 months ago by KJP Clarke
1.0 out of 5 stars French propaganda.
As usual it seems that the lives of 7 French are more important than the lives of a million and half Algerians massacred during French colonialism in Algeria.
Published 4 months ago by Ali Mabrouk
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in the production of this film,I expected so much more.It...
I was disappointed in the film from the start.I felt it to be very disjointed,and the film editing was poor to say the least. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. D. Surrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
The cinema is currently lean on the single most important aspect of all- story. Not here. The story is superb and if you can use your imagination effectively, and place yourself... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gustav
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous.
What I liked: superb cinematography - there is just one fabulous scene after another. The tie-in to a real story highlighting interaction between Christians and Muslims. Read more
Published 5 months ago by An American in Florence
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story of Catholic faith in action
Told with in understated quite style which slowly builds as the brave monks attempt to live out their religious vocation and help the muslim villagers who are their neighbours and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Worsley
5.0 out of 5 stars poignant and challenging
This story is one which remains in one's memory for a long time - it disturbs and challenges, and leaves one feeling deeply sad, and yet knowing that the grace of God is infinitely... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jane Perkins
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