Into Great Silence
Into Great Silence (2007)

In this contemplative documentary from filmmaker Philip Gröning, the Grande Chartreuse monastery opens its doors to the public for the first time since being founded by St. Bruno in 1084 to offer an intimate look at a lifestyle rarely… More

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Release Date: November 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A meditative, deliberately paced doc capable of absorbing patient viewers into a whole different world.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This 2005 feature is demanding to say the least, but its pulse-slowing rhythms leave a real sense of peace.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Despite his restrictions, Groning finds light and shade, contrasting the natural - more chaotic world - with the regimented life within the cloister.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A transcendental piece of filmmaking.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

[Some] viewers are likely to consider this nearly three-hour, nearly soundless documentary as a chance to catch up on their sleep.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Something to behold.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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."

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Into Great Silence" is a nearly wordless documentary about the Grande Chartreuse Monastery in France(Instead of talking heads,… More
Sarah Prisbylla
I'm sure to many people this would have a great religious value, but I thought it was really boring. I just watched the whole thing on fast forward and I… More
Angela Alcorn
Mesmerising. It really draws you into the patterns of monastery life.