Into Great Silence Reviews

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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.
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 Grning returns to repeatedly: "Oh Lord, you have seduced me, and I was seduced."
March 30, 2007
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.
March 29, 2007
[Some] viewers are likely to consider this nearly three-hour, nearly soundless documentary as a chance to catch up on their sleep.
March 29, 2007
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.
October 22, 2018
This is an experience it's hard to say much about.
August 23, 2017
. . .if you'd like no sound at all then enter Into Great Silence, a look inside the beautifully austere monastery of the Grande Chartreuse and simply rest your ears.
June 13, 2008
Despite his restrictions, Groning finds light and shade, contrasting the natural - more chaotic world - with the regimented life within the cloister.
January 15, 2008
Something to behold.
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.
June 25, 2007
I have never before experienced a greater example of utterly transcendent filmmaking.
June 21, 2007
[Director] Grning creates a trance-like rhythm of visual and aural patterns, ranging from the repetition of duties and behaviors to biblical quotations.
May 25, 2007
Grning 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.
May 19, 2007
This Silence is truly golden.
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.
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 12, 2007
May 10, 2007
A mesmerizing mood piece which steeps the viewer in the humbling stillness of monastic life, thereby inducing reflection upon one's own relation to God versus the trappings of technology and the rampant materialism of modern society.
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