As a young filmmaker, Philip Gröning approached the monks of the Grande Chartreuse Monastery, in the French Alps, to ask if he could make a documentary of their lives. Sixteen years later, they answered him: this film is the result.
Before the movie started making its way through the film-festival circuit Gröning arranged a screening for the monks. “They found a lot of humor in it,” Gröning says in an interview with Newsweek. “In the end, they applauded a lot and they made me a very small statue, which is on my desk, of a Carthusian in the form of an Oscar.”
Director: Philip Gröning
Germany, Switzerland 2005 (160 min)
In French and Latin with English subtitles