Into Great Silence

Film director Philip Groening has made Into Great Silence, a film about a Carthusian convent where the monks are living in complete silence:

Only in complete silence, one starts to hear. Only when language resigns, one starts to see.

About 160 minutes of next to total silence. How can that work in a cinema? How silent can it be? Will sound suddenly burst out, without warning? How dark can it be amid the unlit masses of monks in their sanctuary? To what extent is a shadow recognisable as a human being?

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician living in Oslo, Norway.