The Island (2007)



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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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Dmitri Sobolev
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On DVD: Mar 4, 2008
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Critic Reviews for The Island

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

A contemplative fable, not without its wry wit, which effectively ponders the workings of faith, specifically the connection between gnawing guilt and a desire to do good.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Time Out
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The Island is visually stunning in its bleak, blue-hued austerity, but its storytelling is simplistic.

Full Review… | March 4, 2008
Top Critic

Screenplay by young Dmitry Sobolev, a student at Moscow's VGIK film school, has a familiar, almost folksy structure, making for satisfying storytelling but leaving viewers with less to ponder after the story's final, largely foreseeable twist.

Full Review… | October 27, 2007
Top Critic

An aggravating combination of piousness, arty self-pity, and knowing silliness meant to speak to higher spiritual truths.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
Boston Globe
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Both heartfelt and ultimately optimistic.

Full Review… | October 28, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Almost a sinful pleasure is Andrey Zhegalov's striking widescreen cinematography.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Island

I thought this Movie was Very Interesting..

and to me ..i was Fascinated with the Story..
and the Possibility..

My favorite book was similar to this Film...


i was Bound to Enjoy it ...

Siilenced Evo

by turns beautiful, funny, touching, earnest. proof there are still wonderful films being made in russia.

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