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Of Gods and Men (2010)

Des hommes et des dieux (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, History | 25 March 2011 (USA)
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Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay.

Director:

Xavier Beauvois

Writers:

Xavier Beauvois (adaptation), Etienne Comar (scenario)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 19 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lambert Wilson ... Christian
Michael Lonsdale ... Luc
Olivier Rabourdin ... Christophe
Philippe Laudenbach ... Célestin
Jacques Herlin ... Amédée
Loïc Pichon Loïc Pichon ... Jean-Pierre
Xavier Maly ... Michel
Jean-Marie Frin Jean-Marie Frin ... Paul
Abdelhafid Metalsi Abdelhafid Metalsi ... Nouredine
Sabrina Ouazani ... Rabbia
Abdellah Moundy Abdellah Moundy ... Omar (as Abdallah Moundy)
Olivier Perrier ... Bruno
Farid Larbi Farid Larbi ... Ali Fayattia
Adel Bencherif ... Le terroriste
Benaïssa Ahaouari Benaïssa Ahaouari ... Sidi Larbi
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In 1996, in Algeria, eight French monks of The Monastery Notre-Dame de l'Atlas of Tibhirine have a simple life serving the poor community that was raised around the monastery. During the Algerian Civil War, they are threatened by terrorists but they decide to stay in the country and not return to France. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In the face of terror, their greatest weapon was faith.

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Drama | History

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Rated PG-13 for a momentary scene of startling wartime violence, some disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Features in the 2016 film "Me Before You" starring Emilia Clarke See more »

Goofs

When Luc leans against the painting, his face and left hand touch it noticeably higher in the close-up than during the preceding shot. See more »

Quotes

Christian: [Voice-over] Should it ever befall me, and it could happen today, to be a victim of the terrorism swallowing up all foreigners here, I would like my community, my church, my family, to remember that my life was given to God and to this country. That the Unique Master of all life was no stranger to this brutal departure. And that my death is the same as so many other violent ones, consigned to the apathy of oblivion. I've lived enough to know, I am complicit in the evil that, alas, prevails over ...
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Referenced in Maltin on Movies: The Adjustment Bureau (2011) See more »

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Nous Ne Savons Pas Ton Mystère
Written by Marcel Godard
(c) C.F.C. - Studio SM
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French monks in a catholic monastery Algeria have to decide whether to stay or go back to France.
10 September 2010 | by VehrlahSee all my reviews

This film appealed to me in several ways. I liked the direct, intimate approach in the way it was filmed. It was very refreshing to see hymns used as a big part of the soundtrack, very different as to what you usually hear :)

In the cinema where i was watching the film, the average age must have been a lot higher than usual, and a few seats away, someone was even quietly singing along with some of the hymns, very bizarre feeling in a cinema!!

I liked the fact that they treated the subject of faith and the possibility of coexistence of Christianity and Islam, as well as the differences, in a very simple, every-day-life-way.

What was new to me was the visualization of fraternity. This aspect was a big thing throughout the whole movie. It is one of the things i least understood about priests and monks until now. It was amazing to see this feeling i have never personally experienced come alive on the screen and sort of being able to feel it myself.

I also liked that they used 'real' people and not pretty Hollywood types, but i suppose that is normal in a production like this.

I liked that a lot was left unspoken, unexplained and open for various interpretations.

The scenes i liked best was the one where: *the abbot was at a lake to find inspiration for his tough decision. *the 'last supper' with the close-ups of the monks' faces and the ballet music *the terrorist and the abbot talk about the birth of Jesus *the ending (usually i don't like abrupt and vague endings like these, but in this film it was bearable and befitting, because in real life it is also still unknown what exactly has happened).


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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

25 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$308,895, 27 February 2011

Gross USA:

$3,951,596

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,803,417
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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