Des hommes et des dieux

September 2010122 minutes
Independent
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Een klooster, ergens hoog in de Maghrebijnse bergen tijdens de jaren ‘90. Acht Franse monniken leven er in harmonie met hun islamitische dorpsgenoten. Terreur en geweld nemen echter langzaam maar zeker de bovenhand in de regio. Ondanks het toenemende gevaar dat hen omringt, groeit de vastberadenheid onder de monniken om te blijven. Wanneer ze besluiten om enkele gewonde terroristen te behandelen, reageren de autoriteiten furieus en zetten hen onder druk om terug te keren naar Frankrijk. Een verhaal over waarden die geconfronteerd worden met fundamentalisme. Beauvois vertelt het verhaal in een bedachtzaam tempo - het ritme waarmee de monniken hun dagelijkse rituelen uitvoeren - en gebruikt daarvoor prachtig gefotografeerde beelden vol religieuze metaforen.
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French (5.1)
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122 minutes
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