in about 100 words or less
France 120m, Colour
Director: Xavier Beauvois; Cast: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin, Loïc Pichon, Xavier Maly, Jean-Marie Frin, Abdelhafid Metalsi, Sabrina Ouazani, Abdallah Moundy, Olivier Perrier
Of Gods and Men is the distressing story of a group of monks who were assassinated in 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. Though the circumstances are not entirely clear as to who was responsible for their deaths, the subject of the film has more to do with the decisions that they made during the period leading up to their kidnapping and the reasons why they failed to leave their monastery in the face of known dangers. Widely heralded as a thoughtful film and passionate film, Of Gods and Men might also be seen as the unfortunate story of men clinging to the remnants of colonialism and blinded by ignorance and irrational belief (Klaus Ming February 2013).