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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes et des Dieux) by Xavier Beauvois, 2010 (PG-13)

with Lambert Wilson (On connaît la chanson - Same Old Song, The Matrix Revolutions), Michael Lonsdale (Agora), Olivier Rabourdin (Ma Mere), Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin, Loïc Pichon, Xavier Maly, Jean-Marie Frin, Abdelhafid Metalsi, Sabrina Ouazani (Inch'Allah, Le Passé - The Past)

Awarded Grand Prix honors at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, this compelling historical drama relates the ordeal of seven French Trappist monks in the mountains of Algeria who are taken captive by Islamic fundamentalists. Before the monks' abduction, they have ample reason to believe they may be in danger, but their assumption that there can and must be common ground between Islam and Christianity leads them to remain at the monastery.

It is unusual to see Lambert Wilson as a priest, to be honest. But the movie goes beyond the faces of actors we've seen so many times to explore a faith beyond religion, a faith in humanity. And the love and trust that one can share with one another, so different he can be. We all know the end of the story, before it even start, but you are led to believe this didn't happen, this couldn't happen, because of the trust that these men put in life and in love. Very powerful.

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