Of Gods and Men
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
Stars: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale.
Based on a real-life event in which seven French Trappist monks stationed in Algeria were kidnapped and murdered by a rebel Islamic faction, Of Gods and Men doesn’t exploit its scenario for suspense. Instead, Xavier Beauvois’ beautifully made Cannes prize-winner investigates the shape of faith, focusing on the days leading up to the crime and the group’s decision to stay at their post in the midst of great danger. Michael Lonsdale is superb as the oldest member of the monastery, whose affable nature belies an otherworldly resolve.