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.
March 29, 2007
Into Great Silence is a film of great spiritual intensity and haunting minimalism that enlarges your concepts of movies and of life.
March 16, 2007
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.
March 16, 2007
The silence captured in this documentary may be the most eloquent you'll ever hear.
March 8, 2007
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?
March 7, 2007
Their silence is full to the brim with incidental sound that functions as both score and narration in this hyper-empathic film.
March 7, 2007
For two hours and 42 minutes, Into Great Silence offers painterly images of an existence that is, almost literally, too reverent for words.
March 2, 2007
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.
March 1, 2007
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.
March 1, 2007
There are definitely moments of poetry and sweetness, and it is a notable achievement, years in the making.
March 1, 2007
It sounds more like an endurance test than entertainment, yet this one-of-a-kind experience proves surprisingly immersive.
March 1, 2007
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.
February 28, 2007
The achievement of Into Great Silence is the way it captures the slow, delicate rhythm of the Carthusian monks.
February 27, 2007
Into Great Silence moves into the realm of humble observation. Grning traces the passing of the seasons with beauty shots of God's creations, from snow drifts and rain puddles to flower petals and kitten whiskers.
December 30, 2006
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.
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