OF GODS AND MEN
The Real God of Love vs. False Pagan Gods
Release Date: February 25, 2011
Starring: Lambert Wilson, Michael
Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin,
Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques
Herlin, Loïc Pichon, Xavier
Maly, Jean-Marie Frin,
Abdelhafid Metalsi, Sabrina
Genre: Historical Drama
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 120 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics/Sony
Director: Xavier Beauvois
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Frantz Richard, Martine
Writer: Etienne Comar
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom
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The movie opens with Psalm 81 and slowly the audience gets to know the Christian brothers. They help the villagers write letters. They treat their diseases. They care for their children. They grow food for the people. They educate the villagers.
During all this, they are constantly warned about the rising jihad movement among Muslims. In the beginning, they are told about a girl killed for not wearing a veil, and even an imam who may have been killed. In the midst of their prayers, worship and chanting, a shocking scene jolts the audience when a group of Muslim terrorists ruthlessly kill some European construction workers. They even round up some of them so they can take pleasure in cutting off their heads.
The government officials and the police warn the brothers they need to get out. The brothers struggle with the question of whether they should stay or not. Eventually, after much prayer, they decide to stay. They even give medical care to one of the Muslim terrorists. By staying, they know their fate is sealed.
This movie is a wake-up call to western civilization. The unrelenting advance of Islam on helpless and loving people continues to this day. Their so-called god is the delusional ravings of a child molester who loved killing people with his own sword.
The monks manifest the best in Christian civilization – medicine, education, music, kindness, hospitality, building construction. They are people who build civilization because they serve the Creator God, and they are created in His likeness. They manifest His love because the Creator God is the God of love, and Jesus died for his enemies rather than kill them, so He could save them by burying their sins in his body. Each one of these monks manifests in a visible way this love of Christ, even unto death.
OF GODS AND MEN is an amazing achievement. It’s not structured like an American movie. Much of it is like a documentary. It has a quality of realism that is unsurpassed. It’s the jeopardy that rivets the viewer’s attention throughout the movie. Sometimes, the tension is almost unbearable knowing the fate that awaits these loving men of God.
Although there’s some Universalist language at one short point, the very lives and sacrifice of these men refutes that. And, the overwhelming witness of the movie is Christian, with many discussions of the nature of God and the salvation offered in Jesus Christ.
OF GODS AND MEN is one of the most important movies of the 21st Century.
OF GODS AND MEN is a remarkable achievement. It has a quality of realism that’s unsurpassed. The jeopardy rivets the viewer’s attention throughout the movie. This movie is a wake-up call to western civilization. It clearly contrasts the loving Christian mission and ministry of the monks with the mad cruelty of the Muslims. The monks reflect the love of Jesus Christ even unto death; the Muslims reflect the ruthless brutality of their false prophet.