A first look at "Of Gods and Men"

A first look at "Of Gods and Men" January 26, 2011

For my money, this is the first must-see movie of 2011.  I read the book The Monks of Tibhirine” a few years back, and was deeply moved by this story of a Trappist monks martyred by radical Muslims in Algeria in the 1990s.  The movie tells this same story, and strikes me as carrying a message that’s both timely, and timeless, about persistence, and prayer, and a faith that transcends fear.  As the movie’s publicists describe it: “The film tells a love story wrapped in a horror story. It draws on the research and drama of the monks’ kidnapping and death told in John Kiser’s prize winning book, The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria ( St Martin’s Press). Translated into French in 2006, the account detailed the monks’ struggle to reconcile their vows with their instinct to flee a violent death.”

Watch the trailer below.

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10 responses to “A first look at "Of Gods and Men"”

  1. I have read the book and fully intend to see the movie. But I am puzzled that in the trailer they couldn’t find room for praise from some prominent Catholic or Catholic organization. Usually when a movie has been lionized by the NY Times, etc. the movie turns out to be a lot less than hoped for.
    Also, “Of Gods and Men” somehow does not strike me as an apt title (It wasn’t the title of the book, so I wonder about their use of the word “Gods” and the creation of a new title.)
    On the other hand I hope to be pleasantly surprised.
    One recent great movie for those who are looking for one of depth and spirituality is the Russian production: “The Island” about a Russian Orthodox monk and his life of repentence. It too won many awards and accolades.

  2. Hi,

    living in Europe (where the movie has already been on), I have seen the movie.

    And I can only say: it is a must see!

    This is possibly the most moving picture I have ever seen in my life. Incredibly beautifully made and just simply touching.


  3. Read the book and also the other by their Order’s general abbot entitled, “Martyrs of the Atlas”. Sure hope this plays near me.

  4. Diakonos…

    I had the good fortune of meeting and working with Dom Bernardo several years back at a Cistercian conference in Georgia. What a wise, holy, wonderful man.

    Dcn. G.

  5. Deacon Greg,
    Do you have any idea when the DVD will be available? It is “currently unavailable” at Netflix. I am reading the book now and find it very moving.

  6. Betsy …

    The movie is just being released in American theaters in February. I don’t expect it will be on DVD for several more months. But check your movie listings; it may be showing soon at a theater near you …

    Dcn. G.

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