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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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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
Grisha Stepunov ...
Child
Sergey Burunov ...
Adjutant
B. Aleksandrov ...
German
Boris Pantyukhin ...
German (as B. Pantyukhin)
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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The Prayer of the Heart
11 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some scenes in this film have an almost Bergman-like quality to them. I had anticipated that somehow the clergy depicted would be subjected to at least subtle ridicule, which has become common practice in most films produced in the West. Refreshingly, this was not the case. I had never suspected that a work of such spiritual dynamism could arise so soon from the ashes of the Soviet Union. The main characters were presented as spiritually honest people, who consciously struggled with their human weaknesses. The presentation of Russian Orthodox monastic practice was quite intriguing and instructive. A second viewing of the film clarifies some of Fr. Anatoly's peculiar behavior, which proves to be clairvoyant.

The movie also is available on DVD with English subtitles. Currently, you will need a DVD player that plays all regions to view. Maybe, someday this film will be dubbed in English, which would make this excellent work available to a wider audience.


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