NO GREATER LOVE

A film by Michael Whyte

‘You cannot put a value on prayer, like you can a product, it still remains a mystery’.

After ten years of correspondence, Michael Whyte was given unprecedented access to the monastery of the Most Holy Trinity, in London’s Notting Hill. The monastery, which was founded in 1878, is home to the Discalced Order of Carmelite Nuns. The nuns lead a cloistered life dedicated to prayer and contemplation, rarely leaving the monastery except to visit a doctor or dentist. Silence is maintained throughout the day with the exception of two periods of recreation.

No Greater Love gives a unique insight into this closed world where the modern world’s materialism is rejected; they have no television, radio or newspapers. The film interweaves a year in the life of the monastery with the daily rhythms of Divine Office and work. Centred in Holy Week, it follows a year in which a novice is professed and one of the senior nuns dies. Though mainly an observational film there are several interviews, which offer insights into their life, faith, moments of doubt and their belief in the power of prayer in the heart of the community.

The monastery of The Most Holy Trinity, Notting Hill
www.carmelitesnottinghill.org.uk

Hot Property Films
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PRESS QUOTES

‘This is a beautiful, informative and inspiring study of a way of life defiantly at odds with the glitzy priorities and frenetic pace of the outside world.’
Edinburgh Film Festival 2009

“Courageous, compelling and deeply moving”
Empire ****
 
‘Whyte captures moments that recall Dutch painting of the 17th Century.  The film demands a measure of patience from the viewer and repays it tenfold”
Anthony Quinn, The Independent  ****

“Often humorous, extremely moving in their devotion to their saviour and to mankind.  I felt rather attracted to the idea of joining a monastery.”
Philip French, The Observer

“Michael Whyte’s documentary is tender and sympathetic “
Andrew M Brown, The Catholic Herald

“Very moving to witness the nuns candour and lack of pretension, a warm, revelatory glimpse of an alternative lifestyle”  
Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday

“It offers a valuable witness to deeper values and some silent reflection in a world that is increasingly louder and active 24/7”  
Peter Malone, Catholic Times

“Haunting Vermeer visuals”
Xan Brooks, The Guardian

“It is a gently elegant and intelligent film, refreshingly free of cynicism or comment, and could well prove to be something of a documentary success.”
Mark Adams, Screen International

“An observational homage, movingly eloquent in its long shots of sunlit corridors”
Nick Bradshaw, Sight and Sound  

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