First Posted: 9/12/2007
169 minutes, not rated.
Directed by Philip Groning. Germany, in English, French and Latin.
This is a poetic essay on the unhurried life of monks inside a French monastery. Filmmaker Philip Groning convinced the Grande Chartreuse monastery to open its doors to the outside world for the first time since being founded in 1084. The result is an intimate look at a lifestyle rarely experienced by those outside of the brotherhood. Located in a remote region of the French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is the most important monastery of the Carthusian order. The film shows the daily life of the monks without the intrusion of voice-over narration. The results are exhilarating.