Of Gods and Men

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  120 min.
Release Date: February 25, 2011 (limited)
DVD: July 5, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 4.50
based on 24 votes and 6 reviews
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Cast: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin


Eight monks live in a Cistercian monastery in the wild, parched, sun-drenched landscape of Algeria. They live out an unchanging daily ritual of farming and praying, marked by communal meals and chants. Theirs is a spiritual existence, but they also live and work in harmony with the locals, providing medical care while also taking part in local Muslim customs. One of the monks is as conversant with the Koran as he is with the Bible.

But outside the doors of their monastery other more sinister forces are at work. When a group of Croatian workers are murdered, the local mayor urges the brothers to close their doors and move away. This forces a crisis of conscience among the eight men, and when a fundamentalist militia group turns up one day, the choices they must make become very real and immediate. It soon becomes apparent to some of the monks that their very lives may well be in danger.

Director: Xavier Beauvois
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Etienne Comar, Frantz Richard
Screenplay: Etienne Comar
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/ofgodsandmen

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  • 5 stars "Wonderful movie. Must watch. Not for everyone though. Can't believe what happened tothese Monks that hurt no one. Shameful"
  • 5 stars "Very well acted.It is all about love."
  • 2 stars "Sitting in the movie theatre through an extremely slow paced movie, what started going through my head were the previous two ratings on this site that called this movie "excellent" and "marvelous". I can't dispute the enticing storyline, and the fact that it was a true story, but there is nothing "marvelous" about the way this story was told. A great concept that could have had a better delivery."