OF GODS AND MEN

Saturday, December 03 rd, 2016 at 00:12 am 
DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX – THE FIGHT FOR FAITH

OF GODS AND MEN

SYNOPSIS

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

JOY’S REVIEW

This is France’s official selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and it’s a humdinger. It starts very slowly with eight French Christian monks who live with Muslim brothers in a monastery in North Africa. A crew of foreign workers are massacred, and so the question is should these guys stay or should they go? It’s a two-hour movie and probably with a little bit better pacing, at least for American audiences, could have been easily an hour 40. But you still do get locked into it. The acting is terrific. You get the feel that you get to know each of the eight of the brothers. It’s a very interesting movie that will move you in ways that you really didn’t expect. It’s based loosely on a real story, which you don’t find out until the very end. The clash between Muslims and Christians, between fundamentalism and the needs of a community, really is thought-provoking and if not fun to watch, at least inspiring. They sing a lot, which is sort of cool, and the rest of the music is all the men singing hymns and psalms, which is pretty impressive. So, I’d give it four stars.

JOY METER