Into Great Silence: A glimpse of Carthusian monastic life

Into Great Silence (2005) — At two hours and forty-five minutes, Into Great Silence is a marathon of… quiet. It is a documentary about life in a Carthusian monastery. Footsteps on wooden floors, the shuffle of cloth robes, bird calls, and wind comprise most of the soundtrack. I experience the film as a mirror: you bring to it what you are. In that sense, the quiet and solitude are quite confrontational; asking what is your life’s purpose, can you live with your thoughts, and what is left when you have given all for God?

Learn more about the Carthusians and the film at Influence Film Club.

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