First there was BBC's hit show Monastery. (No plans to bring it this side of the pond ... :-( ). [Corey, can you see if a DVD is available over in the Isles?]
Now, it seems, a largely silent movie about Carthusian monks is playing to packed houses in Germany! (Via the Shrine of the Holy Whapping.)
An unlikely film has been filling cinemas in Germany in recent weeks: a three-hour documentary with hardly a single spoken word, set in a monastery.Coolness!
The film Into Great Silence is an intimate portrayal of the everyday lives of Carthusian monks high in a remote corner of the French Alps.
It came about 17 years after the director first requested permission to make it.
At the monastery, only the candles break the darkness.
It is the middle of the night and in the icy cold of their stone cloister, the monks sit in their thick habits reciting Gregorian verse.
"I think they simply do it because they choose to... become close to God," says the film's director Philip Groening.
"It's a very simple concept, the concept is God himself, is pure happiness, the closer you move to that, the happier you are."
Here's the IMDB site.
[Heh. I love the way the title appears in German. Grosse Stille, Die.]
And you can view a trailer as well at the film's site.
Yes, there is huge evangelical potential here. But, I guess, it's also part of the "weird/cool/strange" attraction of "alternate" spiritualities that are so popular in post-Christian places. What's the lesson here for the church? Be exotic? Or, just, be yourself. And don't try too hard to be "relevant." For, if we really believe what we say we do, the power of the Gospel will transform lives. That's what happened, it seems, to the folks in the BBC series for sure.