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Of Gods and Men [2010 film] by Xavier…

Of Gods and Men [2010 film]

by Xavier Beauvois, √Čtienne Comar (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Jean-Marie Frin (Actor), Jacques Herlin (Actor), Lambert Wilson (Actor), Philippe Laudenbach (Actor), Michael Lonsdale (Actor)1 more, Olivier Rabourdin (Actor)

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Monks stay in north Africa during a terrorist uprising.

I guess it's interesting, but that's only because of (1) the subject matter, and (2) the distinctly unique pacing. But since I don't think the pacing worked, there wasn't much here for me. The situations in the film should have been extremely tense and suspenseful, but I never felt anything along those lines.

Concept: C
Story: C
Characters: D
Dialog: C
Pacing: D
Cinematography: A
Special effects/design: A
Acting: B
Music: A

Enjoyment: C

GPA: 2.5/4 ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Xavier Beauvoisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Comar, √ČtienneScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Frin, Jean-MarieActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Herlin, JacquesActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lambert WilsonActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Laudenbach, PhilippeActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lonsdale, MichaelActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rabourdin, OlivierActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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122 minutes, rated PG-13.
Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. (description taken from IMBD.com)
Based on a true story, Of Gods and Men has won accolades and awards the world over, including the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Eight French Trappist monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by Islamic terrorists, fear sweeps through the region. Should the monks leave their home and the people they serve? Should they stay despite the threat of violent death? The answer to that question forms the uncompromising center of this unforgettable film. The stellar cast is headed by Lambert Wilson and legendary French character actor Michael Lonsdale. Parental discretion suggested: brief graphic violence and a single obscene expression.

Running time: 123 min., (Adult)
Loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996, Of Gods and Men tells a story of eight French Christian monks who live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps through 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.
Running time: 123 minutes
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