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 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 Olga Demidova ... Woman with Child
Timofey Tribuntsev ... Young Anatoly
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

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Pyotr Mamonov was director Pavel Lungin's only choice to play Father Anatoli. Mamonov, who lives in a village, refused at first but after "a very long time", turned to their village priest for advice. The priest said, "Don't even think, this is your work. Go ahead!" See more »

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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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Referenced in Evening Urgant: Dmitry Dyuzhev (2017) See more »

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A profoundly affecting spiritual experience
10 September 2007 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a young soldier committing a grave sin, and hence spends the rest of his life being a monk, praying and repenting every day in order to redeem his sin.

"Ostrov" proved to be a phenomenally moving and affecting spiritual experience that is unparalleled by any other film. From cinematography, composition of scenes, scenery, philosophical messages, religious messages and the good side of humanity are all absolutely prefect beyond any description. The slow pacing and monochrome colours adds to the high level of religious message and spirituality. The most thought provoking scene is when Father Anatoli curses the devils, therefore helping his senior, Father Filaret to achieve a higher level of spirituality. The ending is deeply affecting, and it is almost impossible not to be touched to tears. My friends and I were deep in thoughts for an hour after the film finished. This film is a perfect piece of art that offers an unprecedented spiritual experience. It is a must see.


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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:

The Island 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

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2.35 : 1
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