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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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Blind Monk: I often thank God that He let me be blinded. I am sure that He let this happen for the good of my soul.
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Expect art, not a documentary
22 August 2006 | by fenella99See all my reviews

If you begin watching this film expecting an explanatory documentary about monastic life in La Grande Chartreuse, you may soon become bored and fed up. If you begin watching this film expecting to be taken into the monastic way of life, you will soon find yourself there. The movie takes the pace of the slow, quiet atmosphere of the monastery. Long periods of silence broken by the occasional creak of floorboards or chanting or bells, and very little dialogue. It is like each shot is a photograph. A moving photograph.

It is not entirely what one expects, however. Keep an eye out for the odd object seemingly out of place: the highlighter, the keyboard, the laptop; the odd conversation on a monk's departure for Seoul, South Korea; the shot of monks sliding down a snowy bank on their bums.

I wanted more explanation - how the individuals chose this way of life; how they sustain their community; what contact they have with secular people. But it is not that kind of documentary. As long as you're prepared for that, it is a film worth watching.


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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,355, 4 March 2007

Gross USA:

$790,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,886,163
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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