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The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun (2006)

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The story about the 82-year-old bachelor Mr. Vig, who has never known love, and Sister Amvrosija, a young Russian nun, who by chance, or destiny, becomes part of his life.

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50 years ago Jørgen Lauersen Vig bought Hesbjerg Castle, situated in the Danish countryside, with the purpose of turning it into a monastery. Now, many years later, he is about to make his dream come true. A group of Russian Orthodox nuns are on their way but they have plans of their own. Mr. Vig must realize that the road to fulfill his dream is very different from what he imagined. Written by Pernille Rose Grønkjær

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Where's the Meat
17 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary omits many elements that should be included. We never learn the age of Vig, how scholarly he really is, in how many languages is he fluent. Does the Russian Church ante up a lot of money? How much? What is the complete inventory of repairs to the monastery? And, most glaringly missed, is who ends up with the castle and the property, how is it divided between the Church and the Board? The last question is pertinent to the main conflict developed in the movie. Why isn't it answered, even with a couple of text lines at the end?

The setting of the movie in rural Denmark and the character contrast between Vig and the Nun are splendid. Both characters are strong but polite and restrained. Never is the conflict between them a shouting match or grudge.


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