While not a documentary, Of Gods and Men focuses on a group that is nonetheless real: French monks.
Either way, you cant get further from Fast Five this weekend. Hope you like subtitles.
Opening Friday exclusively at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, 2501 W Memorial, the Cannes Film Festival winner from writer/director Xavier Beauvois nails or so I assume the lifelong commitment of Trappist monks who live a day-in-day-out life defined by ritual.
They go about their business of prayer and humanitarian work in a dirt-poor Algerian community, but find their rigid schedule upturned by the arrival of armed, radical Muslims, who invade their monastery and cluelessly demand, Wheres the pope?
From there, the fact-based Of Gods is all about fleeing or fighting in the monks case, fighting simply means staying put and having faith that God will work things out ... even if fundamentalist terrorists arent exactly known for being open to negotiating peace.
Many parallels can be drawn between these two sides, and the film presents challenges to audiences as well, both in thought and length. I cant say I enjoyed the experience in fact, so excellent a job the film does in depicting what must be a dreadfully dull life, I was lulled into a state of numbness but pieces may haunt you long after its tragic end is reached. Rod Lott