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Of Gods and Men | 2011 | PG-13 | - 1.6.5

After terrorists threaten a remote, impoverished city in the Algerian countryside, a group of Trappist monks must decide if they want to stay and face the violence or leave their community behind. With Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin and Philippe Laudenbach. Directed by Xavier Beauvois. In Arabic and French with English subtitles (original title: "Des Hommes et des Dieux.") [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man advises a young woman that when in love you have a "desire," implying physical attraction.
 A shirtless elderly man's bare chest is visible during a medical examination. The bare chest of a man is visible during a medical examination.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Several men get out of a car, holding weapons, and attack four men, grabbing them and shoving them to the ground; one man's throat is slit and blood pours from the open wound, another man is shot in the back and falls to the ground (no blood is visible), a third man is seen being dropped to the ground with his neck slit and blood pouring from the wound, and the attackers shout at a fourth man and shove him to the ground but he stands up and runs away.
 Men break into a building, smashing through locks and kidnapping all but one of eight men who live in the building, holding them at gunpoint and shoving them into a truck; we later see the one remaining man crawl from behind a bed, unharmed. Several men holding large guns break into a building and shout.
 Several men are led through the snow, they struggle to walk and begin to weep (implying they know they are about to be killed), they disappear off screen and we see a title board saying that seven men had been killed and their murders remained a mystery.
 A man lifts a sheet off a deceased body and we see a portion of the deceased man's bare chest, as well as blood, cuts and abrasions on his face and chest; blood covers his neck and is matted in his hair.
 A man carries another man into a clinic, and we see the man lying on a hospital bed and being examined by another man; the man is unresponsive and we see him moments later, retching in pain as a man squeezes two bloody bullet wounds, saying they had become infected. We see a healing burn wound on girl's forehead while a man examines it and tells the girl's mother that she is healing and it will be better soon. A man bandages an unseen wound on a man's arm.
 A man reads a ransom note aloud as another man records him; we see the man and seven other men huddled in a room, being held hostage in return for the French government releasing hostages from the terrorist group. A man is recorded by another man saying that he had been taken hostage (presumably he's being recorded for a random note).
 A man shouts at two men that are shoving him down a hallway, telling them to stop pushing him. A man shouts at several men.
 A man tells another man that several men had killed a teenage girl, stabbing her in the heart on a crowded bus. A man tells another man that several people had killed a man in the street the previous day. A man says that several people are slaughtering religious leaders. A man tells several other men that other men had been slaughtered and their throats slit. A man tells two other men that two female teachers had been killed in the street by religious fundamentalists after being tipped off by a 15-year-old student. A man tells another man that he and several other men had taken a dead man's body, tied it to the trunk of a car and dragged it behind the car through the streets as people cheered; the man says it is "disgraceful" and the other man responds that he made the deceased man a trophy to the people he had tortured. We hear the voiceover of a man saying that if he had been "swallowed up by terrorism", then he wishes his life was not given in vain, that his death is just as violent and to only blame the extremists and not the entire country. A man tells several other men that he was held at gunpoint and another man remarks he is lucky his throat was not slit. We hear a man speaking to himself, saying that poverty, death, illness and heavy downpours have not put a damper on the violence experienced by villagers. Several men discuss how they are alright staying in a convent; one man says that he does not think their lives are at stake, and another says that they will not "lay down and die" and "commit mass suicide" by staying. On multiple occasions we hear men discuss the danger of staying in a convent or leaving, since a group of militants have harassed them and threatened them with weapons. A man tells several other men that leaving a convent would be death, so he is staying. A man insists to another man that three men have been injured and need medical attention; the man says that a man is elderly and sick and cannot leave. A man tells other men that he had seen a bus burning on the side of a road. A man reads aloud an article that says that there is evil and violence in the world. A man tells another man that in the Koran it says that people are not to kill people. On multiple occasions we hear men reading biblical scripture concerning sacrifice of life and allowing others to live. A man shows two other men a newspaper with a photograph of a man standing over a dead body; the man warns the two men that the dead body could be them. A man tells a man holding an assault rifle that he must put down his weapon and the man says he does not let the weapon leave his side. A man tells another man that he has seen an increase in his medical practice, seeing people with hypertension and stress, and their children are also affected. A man examines a sick-looking elderly man and jokingly says that the man will outlive all of them. A man reads a newspaper article and there are playful references to sports teams fighting.
 Two men watch TV footage of a crowd escaping from a partially collapsed building and smoke coming from the rubble.

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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (little brat, dogs, naughty old men).

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man prescribes a tranquilizer to help with another man's healing. Men drink wine with dinner.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Trappist monks, Algeria, Catholic mass, the Koran, imams, haji, government corruption, Christmas, religious teachings and songs, the French colonization of Algeria, stubborn, fundamentalist terrorists, subtitled movies, frustration, hypertension, Nazis, hope, incarnation, mujahideen, Jamia Islamia, separation of Islam from fundamentalist terrorism.
MESSAGE - Hope and love are eternal, personal struggles that are overcome with faith. War-torn countries need support.
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