The Monastery

2006, Movie, NR, 84 mins

The Monastery
An elderly Danish eccentric who dreams of converting his crumbling chateau into a Russian Orthodox monastery butts heads with a strong-willed Russian nun. Few summaries could less promising, but this wonderful documentary from Denmark is actually a surprisingly complex and deeply poignant portrait of a stubborn and irascible loner who meets his match in the last person he ever expected.

We first meet Mr. Jorgen Lorsen Vig -- a life-long bachelor who claims never to have fallen in love (he dismisses the whole business as if it were a human weakness best avoided) -- as he's puttering around Hesberj, Mr. Vig's crumbling, poorly heated manse deep in the Danish ...

Released: 2006 Rated: NR Length: 84 mins

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