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Fri April 22, 2011
Walker's Three to See: <i>Of Gods and Men</i>
KCUR Arts Reporter Steve Walker shares his top movie pick of the week.
France's 2010 submission for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is lovely, sad and moving. It is based on a tragic true story about group of Monks whose monastery serves as a health center for the poor villagers in a Muslim country. Around the village is much unrest from religious extremists who, for example, kill a teenage girl for not wearing a veil and then killing a group of Croatian aide workers just outside the town. The monks are advised that they need military protection, which the head of the order refuses - he doesn't want that kind of armed presence around their pacifist ways. But when extremists enter the compound to seek medical help for a wounded thug, the monks have to begin a debate about whether they can even stay. The movie asks profound questions about personal faith and values while being patiently (others might say slow) paced and beautifully shot, especially a scene where the monks are internally pondering their votes while the score swells with "Swan Lake."