The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun (2006)

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A lovable, eighty-two year old virgin living alone in a dilapidated Danish castle enlists the aid of an ambitious and headstrong Russian Orthodox nun in realizing his lifelong dream of transforming his vast abode into a Russian Orthodox monastery in filmmaker Pernille Rose Gronkjær's heartwarming, and often humorous, documentary. Mr. Vig is an amiable eccentric who finally finds his dream coming to fruition as controlling nun Sister Ambrosija agrees to send a group of nuns and priests to evaluate and develop the site. An unapologetically overbearing woman who has a very precise vision of how the monastery should be run, Sister Ambrosija commences to making a seemingly-endless list of repair demands and the put-upon Mr. Vig implores the filmmaker for advice on dealing with the slightly-boorish bride of Christ. Despite their initial differences and occasional misgivings, however, Mr. Vig and Sister Ambrosija soon form a unique and exceptional bond as they work together for the good of a common cause.
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Documentary , Special Interest , Faith & Spirituality
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Critic Reviews for The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (10)

The film, letting us read between the lines, creates a charming depiction of two people who become necessary to each other.

February 1, 2008
Seattle Times
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The truths of [the subject's] life, no matter how unbelievable they may seem at times, make him almost heroic and the film almost perfect.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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The Monastery is like the opposite of Into Great Silence.

August 31, 2007
AV Club
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It might bring a tear to your eye.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
New York Post
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Takes 80-plus minutes to cover what happened over the next six years as this oddest of odd couples feud, fuss and finally become friends.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
New York Daily News
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An oddly graceful combination of fairy tale and romantic comedy, set in a forgotten corner of the world.

Full Review… | August 29, 2007
Salon.com
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Audience Reviews for The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun

A beautiful documentary. Simple story. The characters are lovable and their conflict is interesting. The love that develops through their differences is awesome.

Jared Halsell
Jared Halsell

Documentary is supposed to reveal to the viewer parts of life that we may not know or understand. The Monastery is a perfect example of seeing that which we have never glimpsed before. A heartwarming story of an old man's last wish and the nun who trives to achieve her tries to make his wish come true, while doing what is best for her church. A tangled web of stand-offs and misunderstandings culminate in a memorable and fulfilling climax.

Sarah B
Sarah B

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