Directed by Xavier Beauvois, better known for acting roles including Female Agents (2008) and Villa Amalia (2009), it was winner of the Grand July Prize at last years Cannes Film Festival. Lots of the background information about individual monks came from the their relatives and was transcribed in to a screenplay by Etienne Comer. Some great French actors the best known being Lambert Wilson who plays the aptly named Brother Christian, Michael Lonsdale is the medic Luc and Olivier Rabourdin plays Brother Christopher populate the film.
An attentive portrait of the Cistercian monks threatened by terrorists in Algeria. A very accomplished and sensitive film, slow moving and heart breaking. The movie offers no real reason for the treatment of the monks who are seen at the end of the movie calmly walking to their demise accompanied by their perpetrators. Maybe a lesson in commitment for us all?