No Greater Love
Time Out says
A quartet of impeccably articulate senior nuns voice their opinions on prayer as ‘a place where God can come and speak’, but also hint at their struggles to keep the faith during years when they’ve felt alone and unanswered. Such vulnerability humanises them for a moment, as do the amusing incongruities of eco-friendly washing powder or jaunty folk dancing. Mostly, though, there remains a benign distance between subject and viewer, which director Michael Whyte’s modest, somewhat passive approach is unable to breach – no match for the palpable cinematic transcendence of ‘Into Great Silence’, Philip Gröning’s monumentally framed 2005 study of the Grande Chartreuse monastery in the Swiss Alps. ‘No Greater Love’ knows what spirituality looks like but, pleasantly calming though it is, can’t really take us inside.