Monday, April 4, 2011

Of Gods and Men: Love and War

The eight Trappists monks living in the Atlas Mountains have devoted their lives to prayer, service and humility. Still, they couldn't escape the bloody civil war that tore through Algeria in the 1990s. They're urged to leave, to escape back to France, their homeland. Instead, they chose to stay and continue their work with the poor villagers.
"Of Gods and Men," which is based on a true story, proves that "Hurt Locker" and "Platoon" aren't the only kind of anti-war films and that the banality and insanity of war can be revealed quietly and stoically.
The movie is not for the short-attention-span set, but for those who can be moved to tears by a stubborn jut of a noble jaw or a resigned wince of fear.

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