The Island (Ostrov)

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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.

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  • 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.

    Feb 5, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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  • An unsentimental journey of guilt, atonement and redemption, with moments of comic bleakness. Your eyes will be smarting.

    Feb 5, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
    Times (UK)
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  • The folksy structure both lulls and frustrates, and there's something dirgeish about the endless scenes of soul-wracking and tea-brewing. The cinematography's almost inappropriately pretty, though.

    Feb 5, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A slow and sometimes testing parable of sin, faith and redemption, Pavel Lungin's film escapes impenetrable tedium thanks mainly to a captivating central performance.

    Feb 5, 2010
  • A strange film but invested with an absorbing atmosphere as if Tarkovsky, and maybe God, had been advisers.

    Feb 5, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • The Island is visually stunning in its bleak, blue-hued austerity, but its storytelling is simplistic.

    Mar 4, 2008 | Full Review…

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