#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In 1996, in Algeria, eight French monks of The Monastery Notre-Dame de l’Atlas of Tibhirine have a simple life serving the poor community that was raised around the monastery. During the Algerian Civil War, they are threatened by terrorists but they decide to stay in the country and not return to France.
Plot: French drama based on the 1996 kidnapping and killing of seven monks in Algeria. A group of Trappist monks reside in the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria, where they live in harmony with the largely muslim population. When a bloody conflict between Algeria’s army and Muslim Jihadi insurgents disrupts the peace, they are forced to consider fleeing the monastery and deserting the villagers they have ministered to. In the face of deadly violence the monks wrestle with their faith and their convictions, eventually deciding to stay and help their neighbours keep the army and the insurgents at bay.
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Very slow paced at times, but very well observed and acted
The other day I watched the film Compliance, which tells a true story in the form of a drama. I didn’t find much in the film and wondered why it added nothing to the events other than showing them. I mention this because the opposite is true with Of Gods and Men. Here we have a true story told but done in a way that adds to the characters, engages the viewer and has room for thought. The priests of the story struggle with whether or not to leave their monastery in Algeria once it becomes very dangerous due to the actions of fundamentalists in the region. This is the majority of the film in a nutshell and as such it is perhaps not a film that could stand a mass audience.
I don’t say this in a condescending way, but just that the film is probably too slow for the casual viewer – not that others “won’t get it” or any such nonsense as that. I liked the film but even for me there were times where it lingered too long or spent too long showing us certain aspects of life in the monastery. It did feel longer than 2 hours and I think this is mostly down to the fact that the whole film has a very slow pace and very gentle delivery. The upside of this is that it does have more emotional impact as a result – because the characters are clearer, we understand their minds and I enjoyed that I was able to see their struggle and also understand the reasons for their decisions because I had seen the role they played.
The film matches the slow pace with some beautiful shots; visually it is a very still film and it does feel at times that it is like a great painting, with the use of light and atmosphere. The performances are where the film delivers best though. Everyone is strong and seems to have understood their characters very well because they are convincing and engaging. The ballet music meal towards the end of the film is the best example but there are plenty of equally strong and expressive moments throughout.
It is a slow film and even though I liked it, I did still struggle with the glacial pace at times. It rewards and satisfies at the same time, but a few times you do need to stick with it while it unfolds slowly.
Long – Slow – Slow
Long! Long faces. Long scenes. Long, long shots. I understand that this story has historical and religious significance. I understand that it is based on a true story that is dramatic and compelling. This movie is not.
We quickly see that these are French monks at a monastery in Algeria. But do we really need scene after scene of the Catholic liturgy, with Gregorian chants, that go on from start to finish? After the first one, they add nothing to the story, or our understanding of the characters, other than to make you pray… pray the scene will soon be over.
Do we really need repeated long shots of a car driving on a barren road, starting at one edge of the screen, and driving slowly, slowly, toward the other edge, until it finally clears the shot? I know. Let action clear the edge of the screen before you cut. But this was not action. It was molasses flowing.
And it is not the fault of the actors, who are clearly good at their craft. But it seems as if the director pointed the camera at each one of them and told them to emote. And they did. And the director said, “That’s it. Keep on emoting. Emote more. More…” And when the director was done with that actor he turned to the next and said, “Emote. Keep emoting. More. More…” Seriously, there is one scene where that is exactly what they do. With all eight monks. In fact, they may have gone around the table twice. I lost track.
There are a handful of tense scenes (a small handful, believe me) with the terrorists, and with the army. But these were poorly developed, and remarkably un-tense considering the events.
And yet you stick with it because of the high ratings. You think, “This has to get better. The film won awards. People rave about it.” Don’t think that. If you don’t love this film from the beginning, you will not love it at the end. It never gets better.
These “film makers” never learned that it is plot and character that drive a movie… Not how long you can hold your finger on the camera’s shutter release before yelling “Cut!”
Original Language fr
Runtime 2 hr 2 min (122 min)
Genre Drama, History
Director Xavier Beauvois
Writer Xavier Beauvois (adaptation), Etienne Comar (scenario)
Actors Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 20 wins & 29 nominations.
Production Company Canal+, Why Not Productions, Armada Pictures
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Aaton Penelope, Zeiss Standard Speed Lenses
Laboratory Laboratoires Éclair, Paris, France
Film Length 3,392 m
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Techniscope (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)