The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun

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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.


Critic Reviews for The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun

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

Feb 1, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4

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.

Oct 26, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The Monastery is like the opposite of Into Great Silence.

Sep 1, 2007 | Rating: B-
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It might bring a tear to your eye.

Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An oddly graceful combination of fairy tale and romantic comedy, set in a forgotten corner of the world.

Aug 29, 2007

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