The Monastery

The Monastery

Mr. Vig & the Nun

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A dream becomes reality when Jørgen Laursen Vig, an elderly bachelor wants to turn his castle into a monastery in Denmark, and a young nun, Sister Ambrosija, is sent to inspect the place. Will the man's dream come true, or will the church's ideas clash too much with his own?
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781417201624
1417201622
Branch Call Number: 281.947 MON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Lavenderseas
Jan 06, 2014

This was a interesting documentary. I just cant figure out why Vig would give his treasure to a entity that differed so much philosophically from himself. I think it is sad he gave it to a Orthodox church instead of a Danish Historical society. A thing cannot ensure immortality.

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Michael
Jul 18, 2008

This movie's a big disappointment. It's not anywhere as interesting as the publisher's description would have you believe.
If you like boring self-serving documentaries that make blandness their theme and will have you scratching your head over the disconnected dialogue - this is your movie!
To read the back cover of this DVD, and to see how many film festivals it made the rounds to - winning the Moscow International Film Festival and also the Amsterdam International Documentary Festival - you'd believe you were in for a treat. The viewer is set up to think there's going to be some kind of action between Mr. Vig, a very old recluse who's described as never having known love, and the headstrong nun - given that they were forced to live & work together while transforming Mr. Vig's run-down castle into a Russian Orthodox monastery.
Nothing of the sort takes place. In fact - the non-action defines the movie... giving it a surreal effect. The director puts together a collage of camera angles and shots of seasons changing and nature slowly doing its thing - thus defining not only the passive passage of time, but also the movie itself.
A lot like poor Mr. Vig, I'm afraid, who is a sympathetic soul in the end, despite the movie publicist's attempts at alluding to something more ominous with "...worlds colliding and tempers flaring...", etc.
When the auteur of the documentary asks Mr. Vig why he's doing this: Why turn-over a castle worth 7,000,000 Euros to the Church for a monastery? - Vig replies: "It's an old ambition, to create something enduring, something of quality, something that will last.
And that pretty much says it all where this film is concerned.
I think the Russian Orthodox Church's Moscow Patriachate willed this movie... as a lasting tribute to Mr. Vig, who very generously gave something of incredible material value so that the culture of spiritual salvation as defined by Christianity and the nuns in the monastery, could prosper.
In doing so... Mr. Vig, who died shortly after the making of the film, got his wish: His generosity is everlasting and commemorated by this movie.

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Jul 18, 2008

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