A documentary about life at Mount Melleray Abbey, a Trappist monastery in Ireland; the abbey that founded New Melleray Abbey in Iowa.
The fim could have been done much better. The director seems oblivious to one of the defining aspects of the monks' lives, silence. In sharp contrast to the well-produced documentary, Into the Great Silence, rather than capture the silent contemplative atmosphere of the Trappist monastery, the director superimposes lively Irish folk music (music neither made nor heard at a Trappist monastery) throughout the film.
The Trappist way of life is one of silence and contemplation and, sadly, this film seems to obfuscate this fact. Nevertheless, the film has lots of good historical information on Mount Melleray Abbey, even if it fails to convey the true ethos of the way of life lived by Trappist monks.