Contemplative in every sense of the word, docu “No Greater Love” examines the peaceful, prayerful lives of Carmelite nuns living in a London monastery. Helmer Michael Whyte shows the sisters talking about faith, death and God’s love from time to time, but bulk of the pic follows the nuns as they go about their daily routine, making for a companion piece of sorts to Philip Groening’s monk-centered “Into Great Silence.” Like the latter, although on not such an impressive scale, “Love” was graced with impressive B.O. success for a tiny niche release on its April rollout in Blighty.
Leading their lives largely in silence, the nuns of the Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity in London’s Notting Hill spend most of their time praying, cleaning, gardening, making communion wafers and then praying some more. Still, for women who speak so seldom, they’re surprisingly articulate about their faith, and frank about how they deal with despair when that faith wobbles. Whyte, also the pic’s lenser and editor, sometimes picks out charming details that add oblique moments of humor, but mainly the tone is solemn and quiet, creating a slightly dull product.