Filmmaker Philip Gröning travels to the French Alps to document the daily lives and rituals of the Carthusian Order of monks.
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" A rapturous, absorbing experience -- it has no voice-over, no back story or history, no archival footage and no talking heads -- but only if you can surrender yourself to it. "
" A transcendental piece of filmmaking. "
" As we vicariously participate in their daily rituals, we find ourselves at the ground level of spiritual worship. It's hard to recall a similar documentary that brings viewers so palpably close to that sacred experience. "
" For two hours and 42 minutes, Into Great Silence offers painterly images of an existence that is, almost literally, too reverent for words. "
" Groning then moved into the isolated, centuries-old monastery and for six months, minus crew or artificial light, recorded the monks' daily routine. The result is the seductive documentary Into Great Silence. "
" Have I got a movie for you. Into Great Silence is a two-hour-and-40-minute documentary about monks, and it is one of the transporting film experiences of this or any other year. "
" Into Great Silence is a film of great spiritual intensity and haunting minimalism that enlarges your concepts of movies and of life. "
" Into Great Silence is one of those films -- Martin Scorsese's Kundun is another example -- wherein the spiritual aspiration of the filmmaker informs, and even exalts, the film itself. "
" Nymphomaniac is a jigsaw opus, an extended and generally exquisitely crafted riff. "
" More than any film outside Bresson, this non-judgemental document allows us to feel the spirituality of the ecstatic privations guiding their journey. A Christmas gift of time and contemplation. "
" On a philosophical level, Into Great Silence emphasizes the virtues of the ascetic life, returning again and again to the idea of giving away all possessions in order to become a true disciple. "
" Such a poetic essay on the slowed-down rhythms of life, that its quiet pleasures carry the viewer along at a pace commensurate with the monks' own unhurried sense of time. "
" The achievement of Into Great Silence is the way it captures the slow, delicate rhythm of the Carthusian monks. "
" The silence captured in this documentary may be the most eloquent you'll ever hear. "
" Their silence is full to the brim with incidental sound that functions as both score and narration in this hyper-empathic film. "
" This 2005 feature is demanding to say the least, but its pulse-slowing rhythms leave a real sense of peace. "
" Though it likely will not persuade people to join the ranks, experiencing life behind the walls has an undeniable effect. We've been allowed a glimpse of eternity. And who would not be changed by that? "
" Viewing Into Great Silence is meant to mimic the experience of living with the monks. "
" [Some] viewers are likely to consider this nearly three-hour, nearly soundless documentary as a chance to catch up on their sleep. "
" Though there are dozens of images here that you might want as a computer-screen saver, Into Great Silence does not add up to a valuable or engrossing documentary. "
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