Into Great Silence

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Released 2005

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2005
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Into Great Silence is a German documentary that takes a rare look into the Grande Chartreuse, a prominent French monastery. The film describes the lifestyle of acolytes in this monastery with respect to the theological teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Viewers are given a glimpse of the day-to-day life of monks in this monastery. This film takes a psychological view of the vows of silence that the clergy here have taken and their stringent schedule of prayer, as well as the reasons for which these men have chosen this lifestyle. This film also compares Christian beliefs relative to other major religions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism. The contemporary views are presented in the modern context of society. The Carthusian monks present a candid view of their interpretation of Christian doctrine as they apply it to every aspect of their lives. It is also unique to witness the monks adjust to the cameras, as they are filmed for this documentary.

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    I hesitate, given the early date and the project's modesty, to call Into Great Silence one of the best films of the year. I prefer to think of it as the antidote to all of the others.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A transcendent, transporting experience, a trance movie that casts a major league spell by going deeply into a monastic world that lives largely without words.

  • 70

    Variety

    With a painterly eye and a deep appreciation for the hermetic world set apart from, rather than at odds with, modern life, helmer Philip Groening takes the viewer into their cloist...

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