The Island (Ostrov) (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.

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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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The Island is visually stunning in its bleak, blue-hued austerity, but its storytelling is simplistic.

Mar 4, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 27, 2007 | Full Review…
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An aggravating combination of piousness, arty self-pity, and knowing silliness meant to speak to higher spiritual truths.

Oct 26, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Both heartfelt and ultimately optimistic.

Oct 28, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Almost a sinful pleasure is Andrey Zhegalov's striking widescreen cinematography.

Sep 23, 2006
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