I argree about Microsoft. But why Haliburton? The oil is mostly controlled by OPEC, isn't it?
The film is really good, but in my opinion there are several strange scenes in this film.
First of all, why did the young girl come to father Anatoliy? If she was a communist and at[h]eist, she had no sense to ask for blessing of abortion. If she was an Orthodox girl, she had to know that abortion is strictly prohibited and there was still no sence [sense] to ask for blessing.
You are asking for consistency where there is none. A lot of people have the idea that religion is magic, and commit the sin of presumption "God will forgive me." My priest has been approached by those who, having divorced their spouse to pursue an affair, wanted to have that affair blessed by marriage. "I'm a priest, not a witch doctor. A wave of my hand isn't going to make this right," has been his reply. Also in America, there's the saying "there's no atheists in fox holes": funny how people in desparate situations find they're quite able to jump the leap of faith. And she came to the right place.
Note anther point: he emphasizes to her what it means to have a life of repenting for having taken a life.
I think you can hardly realize the meaning of [the] advice [OR "the meaning of the advice to] "sell everything and go to France" in [ the : OMIT] Soviet time [can just say "in the Soviet Union]. If that poor woman miraculously goes to France after monthes and years of problems with [the] KGB, she most probably would never get a chance to get back to Russia. I think such a heroic deed could be ordered only to very [a] spiritual[ly] strong man, who is ready to recieve such [an] order. Was this woman that sort of men [man]? I'm not sure.
Evidently the point, especially when he says "if father Anatoly says you can go, you will be able to go" the film is saying she was, despite her doubts. Again, the point was the husband was dying, and she obviously was feeling something. She had to go now for the reconcilliation that God had joined. Let no man pull asunder.
Note another point: God had revealed to him that the husband was alive, but not that the captain he shot was also alive.
BTW, I can't get the cross out line out of the text. I don't intend it to be there.
As well as woman with a disabled boy. She really would be fired for one day['s] absence. It meant very big [OR serious] problems.
The issue was that Father Anatoly had healed his body, but that was of no use if he didn't have his soul as well. What does it profit if a man gain the whole world and loses his soul? As we say in Egypt "he prays until it is answered." How often we forget God as soon as He gives us what we want.
Note anther point: Father Anatoly was not killed, as the captain had thought, but saved, and used that to spend his life in repentence (note also, he never becomes a monk, saying when the Abbot tries to tonsure him "I only sought refuge from the law for my crime," although if I remember corectly, he knows by then that he didn't kill the captain). Also note, how he reassures the captain that he won't be penalized by the party for his Faith.
But all the above mentioned are not very critical things since God moves in a mysterious way and such things could happen. Another fact upsets me. As far as I can understand Orthodoxy, the man who comes to the starets (elder, monk) must recieve spiritual satisfaction from conversation with him. Monk has to put [OMIT the] Christian love and faith in his soul and to make him live in Christ with sanity, repentance and pleasure to be with God. And I think monk can't order anybody [to] do anything since man is not a monk and not his noviciate. He can only give [OMIT an OR a piece of] advice. Father Anatoliy didn't act in a such way. It seems to me that sometimes he behaved himself like a despot. Is it a true Orthodox way?
Sometimes the best thing a spiritual father can do is make you feel uncomfortable. Note how the Abbot reacts when Father Anatoly destroys his only comforts, boots and a blanket: "thank you, now I realize that I am not ready to meet my maker."
Ivan the terrible once saw a fool for Christ, to receive what you describe. Instead the saint gave him a piece of raw meat (it was during Lent). Ivan scoffed "I'm a Christian, I don't eat meat during Lent." "No," the saint replied "you eat people instead," and then went on to warn him that if he went on to destroy the cities he was about to punish, God would punish him. Ivan went back to Moscow and spared the rebellious cities in the Baltics.
St. Basil, eating the sausage on the cathedral steps on Great and Holy Friday, refused to go in because, unlike those attending the services, he said he wasn't "holy." That made a lot of those going in to reflect on if it was enough to give up meat when you were starving your serfs.
The Lord chastises those whom He loves. That's very Orthodox. The religion-is-supposed-to make-you-feel-good is why a lot of the Protestant churches don't have crosses: it's a downer. Don't want that sacrifice part.
Nevertheless this is a very important film because there are very few good Orthodox feature films in our world.
PS Why father Anatoliy never did ask admiral for forgiveness?
I think because he feared to. Note his reaction. Remember the reaction to the woman healed from the issue of blood: when Christ revealed that He had healed her, she was afraid. Only His "Go in Peace" changed that. The captain, sent by God, also said "Go in peace father."
Now, some would protest, that Anatoly spent all that repentence for nothing. His end shows he did not see it that way. And neither did the brother: "You asked me about Cain and Abel. I'll tell you: because I have tried to help people like you do, but He has not regarded my sacrifices with favor, as He has yours."
As St. Seraphim says: Acquire the Spirit of Peace, and a thousand around you will be saved. The captain at the end closes the circle in which Father Anatoly encircled a thousand saved, and he too gained peace. VERY ORTHODOX.
BTW, I edited your English only because of what you have at the bottom of your post. Your English is quite good (I speak American natively, if that counts).EDIT: Fixed the
strikethrough text by removing the stray [ s ] tag. - PeterTheAleut