Into Great Silence

Reviewer’s grade: B+

Less documentary and more atmospheric experience, Philip Gröning’s “Into Great Silence” ventures into the quiet of the French Alps’ Grande Chartreuse monastery. The work – for which Gröning waited 16 years for permission to make – immerses viewers in the minutiae of the monks’ daily life without score or voice-over.


It’s a veritable feast of pared-down beauty – sunlight on doorways, ribs of a vaulted ceiling – that also manages to surprise. Fidgety already? Avoid. But those who don’t mind movie as meditation should emerge in contemplation.


The film screens 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Not Rated


-Emily Jerman    


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