James Martin, S.J.February 25, 2011

A contemporary religious film lavishly praised by America magazine (our reviewer John Anderson called it "vaguely miraculous") and The New York Times (which today called it "beatiful, somber and rigorously intelligent)?  Need you any more encouragement to see the award-winning "Of Gods and Men," about the martyred Trappists of Our Lady of Atlas Monastery in Algeria, which some are calling one of the greatest movies about the workings of faith?  In that case, here is the trailer.  The movie opens in limited release today. 

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Etienne Bernard
10 years 6 months ago
A very good movie. And I recall that many questions around their death remain unsolved.

And, mon père quand traduira-t-on votre"jesuit guide" en français?
10 years 6 months ago
''See this movie''


Only available in two theaters in Manhattan in the New York area.  Any word on a further release.
10 years 6 months ago
It comes to the DC area 3/11.
John Norton
10 years 6 months ago
I experienced seeing this movie last summer in a small town’s cinema in Southwest France. The theater was full, and the audience silent and absorbed in the film. No sounds of chomping on popcorn, no conversations. The admiration for the monks’ courage in knowing that Jesus would protect them was palpable.  Coincidentally, I made a new friend with a monk from the nearby (7mi.) Benedictine L'Abbaye d'En Calcat. The film captures much of the monks' community life and how they make decisions as a community.
There was a lot of discussion in the French media last summer on how popular this religious film was in contemporary secular France. What did that signify: a longing for a less secular past, another retelling of what was lost when Algeria became independent?
Yes.  See this movie.
10 years 6 months ago

www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1100797.htm

This link takes you to an article about the involvement of an ex-monk in the filming of the movie.
Alessandro Bresba
10 years 6 months ago
Thank you for the recommendation.  I saw the movie last night and it was gorgeous.  It was a beautiful movie that felt like cinematic prayer, a wonderful meditation on grace and duty, on community, on interreligious life, on what it is to be a faulted human in love with a perfect God, and all at a thoughtful monastic pace.

Wonderful.
Jim McCrea
10 years 6 months ago
I hope that this is not treated as one of those "art cinema" films and given limited showing in obscure theatres.  Any word of where I can find out where it will be showing, i.e., the Left Coast, particularly San Francisco?

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