Thursday, September 8, 2011

Of Gods and Men - DVD Review

lll 1/2

Starring Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Jean-Marie Frin and Loic Pichon.
Directed by Xavier Beauvois.

This movie takes the time to appreciate the quiet reflections in a monastery. It gives the subject matter the reverance and respect it deserves, and in the cold, clear air out in North Africa, it's quite refreshing.

Inspired by a true story, this is about a handful of monks who react with pacifism when Islamic extremists take over their town. Lambert Wilson, who's played some cartoonish villaisn in American movies, is their leader, and you can see the responsibility and conflict all over his face.

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