Ida is one of the best films I’ve watched in a long time – foreign or otherwise. This one won the BAFTA for the best Film Not in the English Language this year:
I also recently watched (most of) this documentary, Into Great Silence, made by German filmmaker Philip Gröning about the Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse monastery in the French Alps (and honestly, I had to watch it in installments – I guess I can still only handle so much silence at once), and also think it worth sharing:
And to thoroughly complete the inundation of all things monastic in movie form in this post, Of Gods and Men, telling the true story of a group of French monks living in Algeria who refused both to leave or to accept military protection when regional tensions heightened, is also a phenomenal film:
There’s also a book (or more?) about this last one; haven’t read it yet, but it’s on the list.