In this contemplative documentary from filmmaker Philip Gröning,
the Grande Chartreuse monastery opens its doors to the public for
a rare occurrence, since being founded by St. Bruno in 1084, to
offer an intimate look at a lifestyle rarely experienced by any,
outside of the monks of the order. Located in the remote regions
of the French Alps, near the Dauphiné Alps, the Grande Chartreuse
is the Mother-house monastery of the Carthusian order
In this 164 minutes documentary, the lives of the monks of the
Grande Chartreuse are captured on film as director Groening adapts
to their ascetic lifestyle for six months, and captures their
daily life without the intrusion of voice-over, musical score,
interviews, or archival footage.
The first words spoken in the film are sung after 18 minutes of
silence: “Domine, Labia mea aperies..."
*Note that after 1:28 the synchronization of the sound
precedes the image by 45 seconds.