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Into Great Silence Reviews

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June 13, 2008
Despite his restrictions, Groning finds light and shade, contrasting the natural - more chaotic world - with the regimented life within the cloister.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 15, 2008
Something to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 7, 2008
The Silence Before Bach: Illuminates a complexity of ideas, including the passive reflection prior to creative conception and organic to musical formulation and the space between sounds, that fascinate the filmmaker, both musically and cinematically.
June 27, 2007
By the final third of the documentary, we evolve to a state of envy - envious at their resolute commitment and their utter faith - and even the most cynical atheist might find himself convinced that if anyone will find God, it is these men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 25, 2007
I have never before experienced a greater example of utterly transcendent filmmaking.
June 21, 2007
[Director] Gröning creates a trance-like rhythm of visual and aural patterns, ranging from the repetition of duties and behaviors to biblical quotations.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 25, 2007
Gröning shows us, instead of telling us, what this life entails. Through this organic approach, Into Great Silence allows the audience to experience, at least for a few hours, the same enviable sense of peace these men carry with them.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 19, 2007
This Silence is truly golden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 15, 2007
The only place the camera doesn't go is the brewery. That's where the monks bottle their world famous Chartreuse liqueur, which sustains them financially.
| Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2007
This wondrously meditative documentary is an artistic portrait depicting solitude. The fact that there is no narration, no dialogue to speak of is remarkable in itself.
May 5, 2007
More visual meditation than documentary
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 4, 2007
This 2005 feature is demanding to say the least, but its pulse-slowing rhythms leave a real sense of peace.
April 27, 2007
A transcendental piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 27, 2007
Makes you wish [director Groening] would have kept the film to about 90 or 100 minutes. A little time spent in the monastery is fine, but nearly three hours is an endurance test.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 27, 2007
At once eerie, picaresque, evocative, and utterly alien to the reality most viewers inhabit, Into Great Silence is a daring and breathtakingly constructed documentary dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 27, 2007
After an hour or so, you can appreciate Gröning's meditative pacing - but by the end of the second hour, contemplation may be overwhelmed by an itch for a good car chase.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 26, 2007
A wonderfully quiet, serene portrait of Carthusian life edited to reflect the rhythm of the monastic regimen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 7, 2007
If you can slow your personal pace down sufficiently to spend 162 minutes with these monks, your life might be changed.
April 5, 2007
As a place to enter and meditate, Into Great Silence is imminently worthy, but as a documentary, it doesn't do enough to probe the meaning of the quotation Gröning returns to repeatedly: "Oh Lord, you have seduced me, and I was seduced."
Read More | Original Score: B
April 4, 2007
Moving, impressionistic, and worth slowing down for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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