DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX
It employs traditional forms of monastic prayer. The "liturgy of the hours" is group prayer largely based on the Psalms and performed in a chapel, seven times a day. Song forms an essential part of the prayer and of the rhythm of Cistercian life. The monks sing with one voice to enter into communion with the Breath of Life. In unison, they blend together as one in spiritual combat.
Cistercian monks prefer silence, which is the rule, during most of the day. But their life is also built around the teaching of the superior (abbot or prior) and group exchanges known as "chapters". All major decisions are made in the chapterhouse. Always voted in on, they are prefaced by one-to-one discussions in the superior's office.
The Cistercian-Trappists have no apostolic mission of evangelisation and refrain from all proselytism.
The rule of Saint benedict calls upon monks to practice hospitality and sharing, "especially with the poor and foreigners" and those who are suffering. It privileges manual labor and the fostering of relationships with neighbours through farming - vital during periods of insecurity and restriction.
Monasteries are usually isolated from populated areas to favor a contemplative lifestyle amidst nature. Every Trappist monk sets aside one day a month to walk in nature and meditate alone.
Today the Cistercian Order of Strict Observance numbers 2,600 monks and 1,883 nuns, in 96 monasteries and 66 convents the world over.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Xavier Beauvoix
Written by: Etienne Comar, Xavier Beauvoix
Produced by: Etienne Comar, Grégoire Sorlat, Pascal Caucheteux
Cinematography: Caroline Champetier
Editing: Marie-Julie Maille
Production Design: Michel Barthelemy
Costume Design: Marielle Robaut
Main Cast: Lambert Wilson (Christian), Michael Lonsdale (Luc), Olivier Rabourdin (Christophe), Philippe Laudenbach (Célestin), Jacques Herlin (Amédée), Loic Pichon (Jean-Pierre), Xavier Maly (Michel), Jean-Marie Frin (Paul)
Nominations and Awards
- European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 2010
- European Film 2010
- Feature Film Selection 2010