The Monastery: Mr Vig & The Nun
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Mr. Vig, the owner of the Hesbjerg castle on Fyn Island, petitioned the Russian Orthodox church to send nuns and establish a monastery at his castle. He also has firm ideas on how to do things which bring him in conflict with nun Amvrosija who leads the Russian group. The question here is can we change to accomplish something greater than us? This documentary covers 5 years of Mr. Vig's life and we are left to admire the patience and kindness of both the film maker and nun Amvrosija. And they both showed a good sense of humor.
Warning: this is a beautifully-filmed, super-slow documentary that asks for 85 minutes of quiet time and viewer's immersion into the story. If you've seen the Russian film "Ostrov" and like it, you'll like this too.
The real dilapidated house is Mr. Vig's noble old soul. An academic and former cleric, in a way, he lost much of his faith along the way. One suspects his less than happy relations with others, especially women, in his earlier years had something to do with that. With the help of a determined nun, pious, strong willed, tenacious, and sensible, Mr. Vig realizes a dream of establishing a Monastery, and the dream becomes a reality and his own pathway to salvation.
In his struggle with a nun, himself, his past, and his own doubts, he finds faith, and lives faith again. The scene of him and the nun walking in a holy procession around their embryonic convent is a powerful expression of Mr. Vig's spiritual rebirth. Yes, the two protagonists argue, endure each other, work together, come to love one another dearly, and in the end, they walk together in faith.
Through a denomination itself only recovering from decades of suffering, the soul of a fine old fellow, whose faith had been sorely diminished over time, was given a breath of life again -- just like his crumbling house which is now priceless in a sense because it has been transformed into something incomparably more valuable than an investment property. It is a remarkable story of spiritual rebirth against the odds.
What a wonderful story, and a wonderful surprise it must have been for the film makers. And to think, it was a documentary. What does carefully scripted drama have that real life doesn't easily best?
In the end it was a study of a man who has always played it safe and never risked loving anyone, raised by an abusive father and submissive but loving mother. His obsession with outward physical traits (noses and ears) kept him from dating, and so he was a priest (RC Protestant?) and a librarian. In spite of his general dislike of humanity, he still wants to establish some sort of permanent tribute in the world with the founding of a monastery. That said, even almost against himself it seems, he still gives the nuns this amazing castle and to his credit his dream was fulfilled.
In the end I was left feeling very sorry for him (may his memory be eternal), loving the strong-willed but correct Mother Amvrosia and praying to God that I would live my life a little nicer and thoughtfully. I am also left wondering what it is exactly that turns a person into a misanthrope. Small degrees of turning away from love, I suppose.
As a note, a reader thought I was too judgemental here, so I want to post my reply here for you in case you do not read the comments section: "It is nice to see interest, either way, since it is a film worth watching. However, I am not sure where you read me passing judgment upon Mr. Vig. If I am not mistaken, and correct me where I am wrong, eveything I wrote is exactly what he says in the film about himself.Read more ›
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I just finished watching this film and was impressed at what a simple story it told of two people with often contradicting visions and how they managed to forge forward (if only we... Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Greg
Mr. Vig's new person/soul is reconstructed along with the castle he owns; with the prayer of a simple and gifted Orthodox Christian nun, he learns to make his way slowly into his... Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Judith Irene Matta MTh
I had an inaccurate notion that this film would be a spiritual odyssey, where an eccentric, godly, old man takes us on a journey to realize his dream of creating a monastery. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Pamela F.
The Monastery, Mr Vig and the Nun is a superb documentary by Pernille Rose Gronkjaer,which depicts a lonely old man who's never been loved or known love,a retired parish priest,... Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by technoguy
THe tale of Mr. Vig and the Nun takes us through the story of renovating an old mansion for use by the Russian Orthodox church. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by HMSuperb
Such a touching documentary that will have you laughing, gasping and crying til the end. This is one of those documentaries you want to show all your Orthodox friends and watch... Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Dustin
I had an opportunity to see the movie. Well, I thought it was to be a dramatic type of movie, but soon figured out that it was a reality based documentary. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by The Count 43
I'm so happy to have stumbled onto this film.
It's not much of a story. An elderly man wants to donate his large home to the Russian Orthodox Church so that it may be... Read more