The finding of God in solitude, is the essence of the monastic path. This film is rare, for it allows the viewer to become an observer of a way of life that is a mystery to most and a chosen vocation of a few.
Any monastery exists around a 'Rule' of discipline, designed to still the Mind, and open the heart. The Rules are generaly very strict, so as to 'limit' one's participation in the world of chaotic emotion, turbulent desire. When the emotions are 'stilled', they then may be transformed into the Love of God, a direct and personal contact that is beyond description, but a product of discipline on the physical level.
The monastery setting, is a holy place to commune with the divine that lies at the heart of humanity. The extraordinary feat of the producer of this film, is that he managed to remain virtually 'hidden' in the monastery, whilst filming all that occured within his range of perception. One feels the sheer dedication and holy silence that permeates the stone hallways and monastic cells.
This s not a film to stimulate the senses, but rather to take one beyond the senses, and at least, as a viewer, allow for the possibility that there maybe more to life than is generally observed by the senses. A divine presence behind the material play of the world.
By performing a daily ritual of prayer, meditation, contemplation and Gregorian Chant, the monks strive to purify their inner beings in preparation with the eventual uniting with God. Essence in repetition. We see young postulants entering as novices, and an extremely old monk, enveloped in spiritual rapture, a consequence of a lifetime of service.
This is definitely a film of the spirit, intended for the spirit.