Sunday, February 21, 2010

Into Great Silence at the 광주 극장 (Gwangju Cinema)

Today I found a fantastic little art film theater (sorry no English site) in downtown Gwangju and watched an equally good movie there. Into Great Silence has been described as "more of a visual meditation than documentary." There is no plot, and as the name suggests the vast majority of the film is silent. However it does a masterful job of allowing you to experience the lives and surroundings of the Chartusian monks at the Grand Chartreuse Monastery, deep in the French Alps. At nearly 3 hours, the general silence of the film naturally leads one to boredom halfway through,but paradoxically it is precisely at that point that it really becomes thought provoking.