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Of Gods And Men [Des Hommes Et Des Dieux] Review


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With very little action, this film builds almost unbearable tension by carefully examining some moral questions in a precarious situation that's based on true events. And in the process, it becomes one of the most important films in recent memory.

Christian (Wilson) is the leader of a group of eight French monks living in a Catholic monastery in rural Algeria. Their only mission is to pray and serve the local people, and over the generations they have become an integral part of the community. When fundamentalist tensions spill into violence in the country around them, they have a difficult decision to make: abandon the people and flee home to France or stand up to the injustice. Opinions are split, but they opt to seek an answer together. And their decision could cost them their lives.

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God Is Great, And I'm Not Review


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Audrey Tautou doesn't do much to clean up the image that models don't have the capacity for original thought. God Is Great, and I'm Not's simplistic conceit is that Tautou's Michèle is a model who changes her religion as often as she changes her hair (and believe me, that's an awful lot in this film... seeing Tautou with an ill-advised permanent wave is worth the rental alone).

Anyone who personally knows a frequent religion-jumper will be all too familiar with Michèle's specious quest, much more a reaction to her failed love life than a real search for spirituality. The Amelie star does manage to capture the wide-eyed innocence/ignorance of her ilk (both models and the clueless), but ultimately the movie is just one big joke that never goes anywhere. There aren't too many thrills to be found in Tautou reading a different religious-themed self-help book ever day during her photo shoots. In fact, it's more fun just to ogle her ridiculous outfits (the highlight being a bubble wrap headdress).

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