Into great silence

DVD - 2007 - French
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Into great silence
The Grande Chartreuse, considered one of the world's most ascetic monasteries is based in the French Alps. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back with him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Gröning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks' quarters for six months - filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals, and rare outdoor excursions.

Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Zeitgeist Films, [2007]
Edition: Director's two-disc special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD 248.8 INTO
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (162 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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A rare look into the austere and silent life of the monastery of the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps. Beautifully filmed, this is a window into a life with great depth and richness, despite its simplicity and silence.

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Jul 24, 2012
  • Theodora3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is about the Carthusian monastery in the French Alps that started in the 1100s. The monks take a life long vow of silence. In our chatty kathy world it is incomprehensible, but it is absolutely fascinating. If you give it a chance. The cinematography Is amazing. If you can bear to slow down like the monks, you will be richly rewarded even if not religiously inclined. It was a bit like living in the 11th century for 2 hours. For those who say why would anyone want to do that, this is NOT the movie for you. For the rest it is a truly unique experience.

Feb 17, 2012
  • markkluk rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

If you're easily bored, seeking dialog or a storyline, don't watch this one. However if you are even a little bit religious, you might be intrigued by this almost artistic depiction of life in a monastery


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