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Into Great Silence (2005)

Die große Stille (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 November 2005 (Germany)
An examination of life inside the Grande Chartreuse, the head monastery of the reclusive Carthusian Order in France.

Director:

Philip Gröning

Writer:

Philip Gröning

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An examination of life inside the Grande Chartreuse, the head monastery of the reclusive Carthusian Order in France.

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A unique, transcendent and transporting cinematic event

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Documentary

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Official Sites:

Diaphana [France] | Mozinet [Hungary] | See more »

Country:

France | Switzerland | Germany

Language:

French | Latin

Release Date:

10 November 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran silencio See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,355, 4 March 2007

Gross USA:

$790,452, 2 December 2007
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Blind Monk: Why be afraid of death? It is the fate of all humans. The closer one brings oneself to God, the happier one is. It is the end of our lives. The closer one brings oneself to God, the happier one is, the faster one hurries to meet Him. One should have no fear of death. On the contrary! For us, it is a great joy to find a Father once again.
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Fascinating if you get into it
31 August 2006 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

This almost silent three hour documentary tracks the daily lives of Carthusian monks living at the Chartreuse Monastery in the French Alps, as they live in a way that seems to be in such contrast with the modern world. It's a fascinating movie if you are able to get into the slow rhythm of the film (if you are still in the movie theater after an hour, you will probably made it to the third hour). By the same token, it would be almost impossible to see it in your house on DVD, since there are so many possible distractions that would make you want to stop the film. Remarkably, given that European filmmakers tend to be among the most secular people in the world, the movie is also surprisingly respectful of the choices made by the monks in living in this particular way.


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