Film Review: Of Gods and Men

“Of Gods and Men” is a deeply moving and unsettling (and slow!) meditation on the nature of faith, fear, solidarity and so much more.  A group of monks in  a North African country must decide “should we stay or should we go” during  state versus “Islamic” terrorist violence of the late 90s (I put quote marks there because the villagers next to the monastery certainly don’t think it’s Islamic to kill anyone).  I really liked it, but my mum found it too slow.  It’s one I’d definitely see again.   There were beautiful silences, stunning faces, imagery worth thinking about.  Sorry, can’t do it justice. If you are interested in any of the abstract nouns I’ve written thus far, you really should see this staggering film…

And, thematically, you may be interested in John Sayles’ film Men with Guns…

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