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The Island (2006)
"Ostrov" (original title)

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Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pyotr Mamonov ...
Anatoly
Viktor Sukhorukov ...
Father Filaret
Dmitriy Dyuzhev ...
Father Iov
Yuriy Kuznetsov ...
Tikhon
Viktoriya Isakova ...
Nastya
Nina Usatova ...
Widow
Yana Esipovich ...
Girl
Olga Demidova ...
Woman with child
Timofey Tribuntsev ...
Young Anatoly
Aleksei Zelensky ...
Young Tikhon
Grigori Stepunov ...
Child (as Grisha Stepunov)
Sergey Burunov ...
Adjutant
B. Aleksandrov ...
German
B. Pantyukhin ...
German
S. Gorozhanin ...
German
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Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.

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Father Anatoli: Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God...
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A very spiritually moving film, showing a unique world.
15 February 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Ostrov gives the viewer a rare and deeper than ever before glimpse at a "starets" (elder) and "iurodivy" (fool for Christ), embodied by the main character Fr. Anatoli. These spiritual figures - unique to Eastern Orthodox Christianity - possess a prophetic spiritual insight, and in the case of the iurodivy use odd behavior and humor to spiritually awaken those around them. The film is set in an isolated skete during Soviet times, when Russian society was forcibly steeped into atheism.

The film's actors deliver top notch performances, the cinematography is excellent, and the sound design is thought through. A great film for those who want to get a truly spiritual experience, and encounter a world that few in the west are familiar with.


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