Of Gods and Men
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Eight French Christian 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 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. -- (C) Sony Pictures… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"Alternately harrowing and humbling, this is a story of ordinary men whose compassion is tested in the cruelest, most profound fashion."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Forgive me, Father, for I was bored."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Quietly compelling, if not as emotional as you might have hoped"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Of Gods and Men has a slow, introspective quality that gives the viewer plenty of time to mull over the monks' quandary, but it also has a feeling of constant dread."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Confirms without really challenging our readily held beliefs about the nobility of selflessness and sacrifice."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Beauvois takes his time limning the daily rhythms of the monastery, lingering on its most lyrical and sensuous moments, so that when violence finally reaches its gates the effect is all the more chilling."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Beauvois' camera is watchful and unobtrusive, panning the monastery and its spartan rooms, documenting the brothers' quotidian tasks, but also the modest ritual, the beauty, the illumination."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Beauvois shows respect for all of the characters and cultures involved -- the monks, the community they served, even the enemies that the monks remembered in their prayers."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Comment
"In a world in which faith and ignorance are often yoked together, Of Gods and Men lifts faith from just the throbbing heart to the thinking mind as well."
‑ Tony Macklin, tonymacklin.net
"... as powerful a film you'll ever see about faith, commitment and the courage of one's convictions."
‑ Sean Axmaker, MSN.com
"The film, directed by Xavier Beauvois, moves back and forth between the monks doing their daily chores and the decisions they must face as a group."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The air that "Of Gods and Men'' breathes is so clean and so cold that it feels like a fresh beginning."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Una película dura, hermosa y conmovedora sobre un episodio trágico que fue, ante todo, un acto de sacrificio y resistencia ante la violencia y el miedo. Desde ya, una de las fundamentales del año."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"A deeply moving and profoundly beautiful film about a group of monks working in the mountains of Algeria who are faced with the most difficult personal and collective decisions when the country erupts in brutal civil-war"
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"I was stirred by the emotions expressed in this film-and the wonderful performances of its cast. Filmmaker Beauvois chose great faces, as well as great actors, to bring these characters to life, and they manage to convey an enormous amount with very..."
‑ Leonard Maltin, indieWIRE
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