Watch: Des hommes et des dieux 2010 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: French drama based on the 1996 kidnapping and killing of seven monks in Algeria. A group of Trappist monks reside in the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria, where they live in harmony with the largely muslim population. When a bloody conflict between Algeria’s army and Muslim Jihadi insurgents disrupts the peace, they are forced to consider fleeing the monastery and deserting the villagers they have ministered to. In the face of deadly violence the monks wrestle with their faith and their convictions, eventually deciding to stay and help their neighbours keep the army and the insurgents at bay.
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French monks in a catholic monastery Algeria have to decide whether to stay or go back to France.
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).
The Sad Reality of Our World
I was surprised to see that some of the reviewers bring their politics to criticize this film. One claims it is really left wing. Interesting, since the right seems to be the one with the most fanatical base. I am not a particularly religious person, but I have no trouble showing respect for those whose religion is based on service and compassion. These Trappist monks have a choice. To follow the teachings of their God or leave behind those who they have served and who depended on them. There is little discussion, despite terrorists sweeping through Algeria. There is great tension when the traditionally powerless are faced with the (and I use this term for effect) godlessness of the terrorists. These are good people who never expect anything from their neighbors, who are predominately Muslim. The down side of this movie is that we all know exactly how it is going to end. It is also rather dramatic in its portrayal. Closeup are a significant part of filmmaking but the contrived scene of “the last supper” (lower case for me) is a bit over the top. It was hard to put aside my own prejudices as I watched this.
Original Language fr
Runtime 2 hr 2 min (122 min)
Genre Drama, History
Director Xavier Beauvois
Writer Xavier Beauvois, Etienne Comar
Actors Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award20 wins & 30 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Aaton Penelope, Zeiss Standard Speed Lenses
Laboratory Laboratoires Éclair, Paris, France
Film Length 3,392 m
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Techniscope (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)