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Of Gods and Men -- Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay.

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Director:
Writers:
Xavier Beauvois (adaptation) (dialogue)
Etienne Comar (scenario)
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Release Date:
8 September 2010 (France) See more »
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Plot:
Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 23 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Subtle, tender, and honest See more (77 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Lambert Wilson ... Christian

Michael Lonsdale ... Luc

Olivier Rabourdin ... Christophe
Philippe Laudenbach ... Célestin
Jacques Herlin ... Amédée
Loïc Pichon ... Jean-Pierre
Xavier Maly ... Michel
Jean-Marie Frin ... Paul
Abdelhafid Metalsi ... Nouredine

Sabrina Ouazani ... Rabbia
Abdellah Moundy ... Omar (as Abdallah Moundy)
Olivier Perrier ... Bruno
Farid Larbi ... Ali Fayattia
Adel Bencherif ... Le terroriste
Benhaïssa Ahouari ... Sidi Larbi (as Benaïssa Ahaouari)
Idriss Karimi ... Hadji
Abdellah Chakiri ... Le colonel

Goran Kostic ... Le chef de chantier croate
Stanislas Stanic ... Ouvrier croate 1

Arben Bajraktaraj ... Ouvrier croate 2
Zhour Laamri ... La femme de Sidi Larbi
Raouia ... La villageoise (as Raouya)
Farid Bouslam ... Ahmed
Fadia Assal ... La femme de Nouredine
Maria Bouslam ... Saloua
Soukaïna Bouslam ... La fille de Saloua
Rabii Ben Johail ... Terroriste 1
Saïd Naciri ... Terroriste 2
Hamid Aboutaieb ... Terroriste 3
El Alaoui El Hassan ... Le berger
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Directed by
Xavier Beauvois 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Xavier Beauvois  adaptation (dialogue)
Etienne Comar  scenario

Produced by
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
Etienne Comar .... producer
Jean-David Lefebvre .... executive producer
Frantz Richard .... area executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Caroline Champetier 
 
Film Editing by
Marie-Julie Maille 
 
Casting by
Brigitte Moidon 
 
Production Design by
Michel Barthélémy 
 
Art Direction by
Yann Megard 
 
Costume Design by
Marielle Robaut 
 
Makeup Department
Pierre Olivier Persin .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Edouard Decker .... assistant unit manager
Thibault Mattei .... unit production manager
Thibault Spiral .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guillaume Bonnier .... first assistant director
Akrame El Meziane .... co-first assistant director
Amine Louadni .... second assistant director
Constance Stalla .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Johanna Colboc .... assistant art director
Guillaume Deviercy .... property master
Hind Ghazali .... set dresser
Omar Ouachachane .... art department
Boris Piot .... set dresser
Francis Poirier .... hod sculptor
 
Sound Department
Eric Bonnard .... sound re-recording mixer
Damien Bouvier .... post sync dialogue
Jean-Jacques Ferran .... sound recordist
Matthieu Fichet .... assistant sound editor
Carl Goetgheluck .... foley re-recordist
Vincent Guillon .... sound & dialogue editor
Vincent Milner .... foley artist
Loïc Prian .... sound editor
Mathieu Weber .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Jacques-Olivier Molon .... special effects crew (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Charlotte Quemy .... restoration supervisor
 
Stunts
Joseph Beddelem .... stunt performer
Tarick Hadouch .... stunt performer
Cedric Proust .... stunt coordinator
Mustapha Touki .... stunts
Mohamed Attougui .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sofiane Amly .... additional video assist
Carole Ardoin .... assistant camera
Emmanuel Demorgon .... gaffer
Aziz Lechgar .... second assistant camera
Stephen Mack .... first assistant camera
Guillaume Quoilin .... steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Akrame El Meziane .... casting director: Morocco
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alice Cambournac .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Myriam Coën .... digital conformation
Sophia Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Julie Duclaux .... assistant editor
Philippe Tourret .... digital intermediate coordinator
 
Other crew
Frédéric Cauvy .... weapons
Hicham El Ghorfi .... location scout
Agathe Grau .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Des hommes et des dieux" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for a momentary scene of startling wartime violence, some disturbing images and brief language
Runtime:
122 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Brazil:12 | Ireland:15A | Japan:PG12 | Netherlands:16 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46413) | USA:R (original rating) (certificate #46413)
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Trivia:
The official French submission for the Foreign Language Film Award at the 83rd Academy Awards.See more »
Quotes:
Christian:We are martyrs out of love, out of fidelity. If death overtake us, despite ourselves, because up to the end, up to the end we'll try to avoid it. Our mission here is to be brothers to all. Remember that love is eternal hope. Love endures everything.See more »
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Puisqu'il Est Avec NousSee more »

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52 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Subtle, tender, and honest, 10 February 2011
Author: jimharvey87 from United Kingdom

Chris Morris's debut Four Lions (2010) found fame in it's irreverent portrayal of Islamic fundamentalism in Yorkshire: the headlines that accompanied Brass Eye (1997-2001) successfully carried on into a low-key marketing campaign in that debut feature. Beauvois' film isn't so much a farcical account of the spiralling contradictions of religious extremism. But it does share its preoccupation with exactly how far one, or rather a small community, can go to devote themselves to their beliefs.

The film is located in the 1996 Algerian Civil War, and tells the true story of a monastery under threat from the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria (GIA). Dom. Christian (Lambert Wilson) takes it upon himself to express their intentions to ignore the threats, and continue their mission of goodwill. This is disputed by the group throughout, whose dilemma forces some of them to question their allegiance to God, and jeopardise their own health (as with the outstanding Michael Lonsdale's, Luc). Coping with the sacrifices involved in such an all-consuming faith is key to the themes here ("We're not here for martyrdom" reminds Christian), and it's difficult to recall a more delicate, understated study. An excellent example of Beauvois' achievement, both visually and performance-wise, is the kiss Luc places on the mural of Christ. Moments like this underline the dependency they all share on one thing alone: their religion. It looms over them, both haunting and cradling them throughout, like the vast, unspoiled skylines which constantly diminish them beneath - Caroline Champetier's cinematography is key to the affect created.

Tranquil moments like Luc's, where the viewer is allowed in such close, personal space, are almost unsettling in the access that's granted. The beauty achieved in these meditative scenes is all the more striking as we're reminded that these men are nearing the end of their lives. Death is always present – from direct representation (as with the brutal throat-slitting of the Croat workers) to the indirect (the technique of cutting from the most tranquil scene to the loudest, most destructive scene).

The film is an anti-thriller in its treatment of fear and terror - the key moment occurs before the half-way point, and the viewer is left fearing for a reprisal for the duration. Beauvois' alternative narrative, featuring a fairly clear split down the middle, also featured in his previous Don't Forget You're Going to Die (1995) and To Mathieu (2000). Similarly, more recently, Mia Hansen-Love's Father of My Children (2010) involved a number of characters picking up the pieces in the wake of death. French colonialism in Algeria is only once directly attacked, when the police chief demands they leave. However, when viewed in a similar light to, say, Hidden (Cache, Michael Haneke, 2005), the occupation these men choose, the service they provided, the sacrifice they made, could too, easily be forgotten. So while the terrorism fears, today shared globally, are a focal point, a narrative of this kind reminds one not to forget the horrors of the past.

Of Gods and Men is testament to a thriving New French Cinema. Thought-provoking, rich in content both (formally and thematically), it's difficult to find fault with a film that so meticulously justifies its choices: the landscape is artwork, the tone is perfect, and the performances are achingly affective throughout.

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