Of Gods and Men

Director: Xavier Beauvois
Stars: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale

A patient build yields a deeply emotional payoff in Xavier Beauvois’ fact-based drama, which focuses on a group of French monks living in an isolated Algerian monastery. Faced with the arrival of violent Islamic extremists, the brothers contemplate abandoning their post — and their flock. The ensuing meditation on faith and the recognizance of one’s own mortality is gripping and exquisitely rendered.