The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun Image

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Summary: Mr. Vig is an elderly, deeply eccentric, never-married Dane, living alone in a ramshackle castle; he dreams of donating his homestead to the Russian Orthodox Church to become a monastery. In a long, black overcoat, with a shock of unruly white hair, and glasses perched on the tip of his nose, he looks like a character straight out of Dickens. Enter Sister Ambrosija, a remarkably attractive young Russian nun, who arrives with a small entourage and plans to whip the place into shape. A whirlwind of activity (days begin at 5:30 am), she insists upon extensive repairs; Mr. Vig wants Band-Aids, whereas she suggests surgery. Their contest of wills plays out in humorous, offbeat encounters that take unexpected turns as two unlikely people find companionship and common ground. Hauntingly shot, The Monastery is a modern fairytale with timeless roots. (Film Forum)

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Runtime: 84 min
Production: Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond
Genre: Documentary
Country: Denmark
Languages: English, Russian, Danish
Home Release Date: Feb 5, 2008
Director Credit
Pernille Rose Grønkjær Director
Cast Credit
Mr. Vig Himself
Sister Ambrosija Herself
Producer Credit
Ane Mandrup Line Producer
Michael Fleischer Executive Producer
Sigrid Dyekjær Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: