Des hommes et des Dieux

Des hommes et des Dieux

           Des hommes et des Dieux
               Genre: Drama
               Islam, Algeria, monastery, kidnapping, Monk, fundamentalism, Cannes 2010
  They live in harmony with themselves and with their Muslim neighbors somewhere in the North African Atlas Mountains, and because of their helpfulness and their medical knowledge in the poverty-stricken area is very popular. Most of those originating from the French Trappist monks are older than 50 and brother of Christian (Lambert Wilson in his second role in a competition entry after his appearance in Bertrand Tavernier La Princesse de Montpensier guided). Next to him is popular especially the already elderly and asthma brother Luc (Michael Lonsdale) for the inhabitants of the area, he dennn supplies the patient and himself for the love troubles of young girls always ready to listen and a fatherly advice. The idyll of peaceful coexistence has been threatened by the increasingly frequent attacks of radical Muslims who shake northern Africa in the mid 1990s. When the terrorists to penetrate the first time in the monastery, Brother Christian is by persuasion, the prudent worst straight away again, but it is clear to all present that the invaders will come back soon. What to do, how should the community deal with this ever-present threat, these are the questions that have occupied Christian and his seven brothers from now on, day and night. When the monks out of charity also provide a medically injured terrorists to come to the hostility of the Islamists also the growing suspicion and harassment by the military to the monks would create the best out of the country. First Christian brother chooses his brethren that they remain in place and harvests for criticism because it will remain on the question “or” There are different opinions. But the more the situation is worsening, the clearer will the doubters that they are called to persevere in this place, that they have just found in the hard times their destination. Xavier Beauvois Des hommes et des competition entry Dieux based, as we experienced at the end of this very quietly watching film, loosely based on the true case of seven French monks kidnapped in Algeria in 1996 Tibhirine and killed. But it is not an exact Beauvois tracing of the actual historical events, but rather on the basis of this case demonstrate how communities and, ultimately, we can even deal with threats such as the terrorist threat. The refusal of the monks to leave their monastery, but is not explicitly presented as an invitation to märtyrerhaftem behavior, but rather as a logical consequence of a lifestyle that is firmly committed to unconditional love towards others. In times like today, where the Catholic Church has fallen into the twilight, the representation of such a deep faith lived almost seems strange, and appears in some places as not very credible. Even so, Beauvois, with powerful actors and without narrative or directorial tricks a silent, yet moving parable about tolerance and compassion to create in brutal times, which was considered at the Palais de Festival with a standing ovation. (Joachim Kurz)
  Title: , Des hommes et des Dieux Country of production: France Production year: 2010 Length: 120 (min)

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