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Of Gods and Men

Director:  Xavier Beauvois
Year Released:  2010
Rating:  2.0

Trappist monks (led by Lambert Wilson, always good for a clenched jaw) are trapped (spiritually) in their little nook in a poor Algerian village (despite temptation to flee) when terrorists start threatening them and their community. So much of this is the monks (and the monk cohorts) sitting around and debating whether they Should Stay or Should Go that this basically becomes a waiting game for them to get executed (non-spoiler: they do). I can only blame Beauvois and co-scripter Etienne Comar for making their characters so monochromatic: only Michel Lonsdale's dying doctor comes across as being a sympathetic figure; the rest are so saintly it's like they're asking for it.

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