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The Island (2006)

Ostrov (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 23 November 2006 (Russia)
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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.

Director:

Pavel Lungin

Writer:

Dmitriy Sobolev
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Cast

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 Yana Esipovich ... Girl
Olga Demidova Olga Demidova ... Woman with Child
Timofey Tribuntsev ... Young Anatoly
Aleksey Zelensky Aleksey Zelensky ... Young Tikhon
Grisha Stepunov Grisha Stepunov ... Child
Sergey Burunov ... Adjutant
B. Aleksandrov B. Aleksandrov ... German
Boris Pantyukhin Boris Pantyukhin ... German (as B. Pantyukhin)
S. Gorozhanin 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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Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | German

Release Date:

23 November 2006 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

A sziget See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,557,508
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Pavel Lungin Studio See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is the closing film of 2006 Venice Film Festival. See more »

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[first lines]
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 TgrainSee 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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