Deleted Scenes, Original Theatrical Trailer
The Monastery: Mr Vig & The Nun
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- In English and Danish with English subtitles
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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?
Mr Vig in his eighties has worked on this project for 40 years for the old castle keep deep in the Danish woods.His noble gesture is not the end, but the place needs work and lots of it.There is a battle of wills between Mr Vig and Sister Amvrosia,despite the evident affection and love. Heartwarming without being sentimental. Filmed during 6 years.Sister Amvrosija, a powerful nun who's not afraid to lay the hammer down. Together, they live in the castle and work to make it a place suitable for worship.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 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
I was deeply moved by this film and felt privileged to watch it. I see of lot of documentaries but this stands out as unforgettable. Read morePublished on October 25, 2009 by Jesterfest