Into Great Silence

Mar 6, 2024 | Religion, Videos

The contemplative documentary Grand Chartreuse by filmmaker Philip Gröning offers a unique insight into the lives of the Carthusian order, one of the oldest monastic orders in the world. For the first time ever, Grande Chartreuse monastery opened its doors to give an exclusive look into their ascetic lifestyle. The film captures six months of this spiritual journey without any interviews, voice-over or musical score.

Grande Chartreuse is located in Dauphiné Alps near France and was founded by St. Bruno in 1084. The documentary gives a full experience of what life is like for these pious monks as they go about their daily routines and abide by their strict rules and regulations. It features behind-the-scenes footage, location photos, shooting diary entries written by both Groening and the monks as well as additional scenes such as the preparation of Carthusian’s world famous liqueur Chartreuse.

This is an absolute must watch for anyone who is interested in experiencing a rare glimpse into a life often hidden from public view. With its extensive audio and photo galleries along with making-of dossier and night office segment of 53 minutes, Grand Chartreuse offers an invaluable insight into this ancient lifestyle that has been preserved for more than 1000 years! Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about this remarkable order and their fascinating way of life!

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