The Monastery: Mr. Vig And The Nun (2006)

PERNILLE ROSE GRONKJAER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.

Denmark, 2006.  , , , .  Cinematography by Pernille Rose Gronkjaer.  Produced by .  Music by .  Film Editing by Pernille Bech Christensen.  

There’s no good deed that goes unpunished, or so an 82 year-old Danish recluse learns after he informs the Moscow Patriarchate that he would like to donate his castle for them to turn into a Russian Orthodox monastery. This sweet, simple documentary charts the relationship that develops between , the benefactor, and the highly opinionated , who shows up to assess the suitability of the building before deciding what needs to be done to make it appropriate for its holy purposes. It is a subtle, sometimes heart-rending account of the many divisions and arguments that can pop up between these people despite the fact that they have similar goals in mind. It also observes as this aged man, who rarely has dealt with others in his lonely life, has to adjust with great difficulty not only to all this new company but to the fact that his gift is partly an acknowledgement of the fact that he probably won’t be around much longer. A very memorable experience.

European Film Award Nomination:  Best European Documentary

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