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Des hommes et des dieux (2010)

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.


Xavier Beauvois


Xavier Beauvois (adaptation), Etienne Comar (scenario)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 18 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »





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 Olivier Perrier ... Bruno
Farid Larbi Farid Larbi ... Ali Fayattia
Adel Bencherif ... Le terroriste
Benaïssa Ahaouari Benaïssa Ahaouari ... Sidi Larbi


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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French | Arabic

Release Date:

25 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De dioses y hombres See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »


Box Office


€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$308,895, 27 February 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Stayed at the top of the French box office charts for four consecutive weeks. See more »


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Christian: Once they were gone, all we had left to do was live. And the first thing we did was - two hours later - we celebrated the Christmas vigil and mass. It's what we had to do. It's what we did. And we sang the mass. We welcomed that child who was born for us absolutely helpless and already so threatened. Afterwards, we found salvation in undertaking our daily tasks: The kitchen, the garden, the prayers, the bells. Day after day, we had to resist the violence. And day after day, I think each of us ...
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Remarkable, moving drama
19 May 2011 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Of Gods and Men (2010) Des hommes et des dieux (original title) directed by Xavier Beauvois, is a powerful drama about good, deeply religious men

trying to live a truly caring, peaceful life under difficult circumstances.

A small group of French monks have lived in a monastery in Algeria for many years. They are clearly different in a cultural sense from the surrounding community. However, their simple life and acts of charity are welcomed and accepted by the Muslims in the adjacent village.

The plot revolves around the threat of death from militants in the region. The Algerian revolution has succeeded in forcing out the French colonial forces. The Algerian government and army officials want the monks to leave and return to France for reasons of safety. The monastery is seen as a remnant of colonialism, and is therefore the target of nationalistic and religious violence. The problem revolves around the questions, "Will the monks stay?" and "What will happen if they do?"

Lambert Wilson plays Christian, the elected leader of the monks. He does an outstanding job of portraying a man who could have succeeded as a leader in almost any undertaking. However, he has chosen monastic life, and now his leadership has become a matter of life and death.

Veteran French actor Michael Lonsdale plays Luc, an elderly physician who can barely walk, but can still heal. The acting is uniformly excellent. In fact, the acting was so good that my wife and I had to remind ourselves that this is a movie, and these men are actors,not monks.

The music, mostly chants sung daily by the monks, was superb.

This is a very powerful film. We saw it at the excellent Little Theatre in Rochester, NY. If you can't see it in a theater, the movie should work almost as well on DVD.

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