No Greater Love

No Greater Love

No Greater Love

  It is still dark goes into the corridors of the Most Holy Trinity Monastery, one of the nuns with a loud clatter through the halls, around the beginning of the day to highlight. Shortly thereafter, we see how the nuns hurry through the monastery to gather in the church for morning mass at. Only after some time it dawns on the viewer, what is so remarkable in these scenarios: In addition to the murmured prayers and songs during the show, we hear – nothing. What we have included a more casual way in the opening credits – the information that the nuns opened to speak of this order until two hours a day – are not in the full meaning only gradually. Even more disturbing, however, the fact is that we not miss in this film, the lack of dialogue and spoken passages, but rather enjoy the tranquility. Because it to look and reflect, to meditate and feel inviting and show that peace and silence are not synonymous with stagnation.

For one year followed the award-winning television director, film director Michael Whyte of the camera with the nuns of the Carmelite Order, and has – as far as it goes – took part in their lives. Previously he had tried for ten years in an extensive correspondence with the monastery to be allowed to shoot at all until he was named after this long wait, finally. The patience and the long time of waiting have paid off – for both sides. For Michael Whyte is No Greater Love succeeded in living an extraordinary and vital film. And the Carmelites were able to present themselves in this way and their way of life and make them understandable to move away from her without necessarily reaching silence. The power of images in this case says a thousand words.

Michael Whyte is a respectful observer, who never insisted, but a closer look, just listen and are otherwise completely withholding. In his study of the beautiful to look at life in silence, humility and seclusion is hardly ever spoken. When the nuns are silent, do it well Whyte. He lets himself and the audience time to indulge in the peace denied the use of a narrator and only uses the short time allowed to speak to the nuns, for interviews, or during those hours, then allowed during which the speeches. In these discussions revealed very different and entirely unexpected sides of the Carmelites. We see smiling or smiling faces, hear a lot about the joy of the outwardly stern and austere life behind the convent walls, but also through periods of doubt and find ourselves involuntarily in how we are in amazement at so much vitality, energy and openness never emerge. Is it possible that we have had a false image of these women that our seeing and feeling based on nothing than prejudices? The Carmelites, that the film makes clear, is not an escape from the world, but a completely different way of dealing with the challenges of life itself and this is perhaps a bigger challenge than life “out there”.

Hard to believe that waits outside the monastery, the noisy metropolis of London – loud, bright and equipped with everything that modern life requires so. Of all that is in the Most Holy Trinity Monastery feel anything: only the silence and the cycle of the seasons, of growth and decay, the admission into the Order and of death. No Greater Love is a film for which we are definitely bring a lot of time necessary, even when he is down to 100 minutes duration moderately well. The noticeable standstill of time, however, from the reports of this work is so unusual that it could be a challenge for some viewers. But he who brings the calm and serenity, to engage in this radically different way of life that is richly rewarded by this film.

(Joachim Kurz)

The movie runs during the britspotting festivals in Berlin and is on the following two dates to see there:

15.11. , 2009, 16:00 Clock in the cinema Babylon
17.11. 2009, 18:15 Clock in the cinema Babylon

Title: No Greater Love Country of production: United Kingdom Year of production: 2009 Length: 100 (Min)

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