Cert PG 93mins Stars 1

There’s not much to be learned from this  fly on the wall documentary which amounts to little more than an advertisement for a Buddhist retreat in France.

The filmmakers seem to have traded access for acquiescence and checked their critical faculties at the front gate.

Bells regulate the lives of the shaven-headed and celibate monks, at the sound of which all activities pause, in order to encourage ‘mindfulness’.

However enlightenment can be anyone’s for a mind expanding and eye-opening €550 per-person per-week, for a double room stay at the monastery.

As the film is coy about the prices, I looked them up on their website.

The concept  of ‘mindfulness’ seems to be that life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Well it was actually Ferris Bueller who said that, and he got to drive a Ferrari. Maybe those monks are onto something.


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