An extraordinary film of rare integrity. This film is an honest look at faith, death, fear, and Muslim/Christian relationships. Based on a true incident that occurred in 1996 in a monastery situated in a remote Algerian village, It manages to feel like a very accurate portrayal of what this group of people were going through. The camera lingers long as people think, pray, and wrestle with their inner thoughts.
The scene of the monks last supper is one of the most beautifully crafted shots that I have ever watched. I will try to add to this page when I have had time to digest the movie more fully, (I also don't want to give too much away about the film!) but there is certainly much richness to ponder over. We will certainly be showing it at one of our JustSpace evenings when it comes out on DVD, though I would recommend seeing it on the big screen because the cinematography makes such great use of the natural landscapes.
Despite the tragic circumstances that it portrays, this manages to remain a thoroughly life enhancing piece of storytelling, escaping the sentimental pitfalls that often overcome the genre. Go and see it if you get the chance.