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« on: September 05, 2009, 10:49:30 AM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu-XcnuanFE&NR=1&feature=fvwp

I just discovered this trailer on youtube and wondered if any of you have seen this film? It looks interesting!

(apologies-it should be Mr. Vig, not Veg!)

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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2009, 11:35:36 AM »

My wife and I watched it a year or so ago. The old man wants to establish a monastery on his run-down estate (I think it was in France) and invites these Russian nuns to come over and do so. But they insist upon making these changes that begin to aggravate him and it builds from there. It's was an odd movie... somewhat interesting (hey... we didn't pop it out of the DVD player at least) but certainly not an award winner. If memory serves my wife was pretty much bored with the whole thing but toughed it out to the end.  Undecided
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2009, 01:47:36 PM »

Smiley LOL. Sounds a bit wacky, from your description, Douglas!
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2009, 02:13:52 PM »

It's not a documetary but a feature film
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2009, 02:26:59 PM »

It's a documentary film. Here's what Netflix has to say about it:

Octogenarian Jorgen Lauersen Vig -- a lifelong bachelor -- owns a tumbledown castle in rural Denmark and for 50 years has dreamed of transforming it into an orthodox Russian monastery. But when intractable Russian nun Sister Ambrosija and her delegation are sent to assess the castle, she insists on extensive renovations -- a hitch that could prevent Vig's dream from coming true in director Pernille Rose Grønkjær's offbeat documentary.

My wife and I rented it in February 2008 (I see this from our history on Netflix). I think I'll throw it in our queue again. Maybe it will be better second time around. I know that the subtitling really discouraged my wife (who hates foreign movies with a passion... LOL) but I didn't mind quite as much.
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2009, 02:45:31 PM »

Thanks. I have not seen it, but I thought it can't be documentary because it was advertised in my country in the way feature films are.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2009, 04:15:37 PM »

Somehow it seems a bit odd having a woman, even if she is a nun, in charge of such an operation...

Couldn't the Church have sent over some men to organize the project? I thought "church planting" (as it was called in my former church) was a function of the Church, and as such, should have male leadership.

At any rate, I'm getting a bit curious about this film, so I may try to watch it after all...
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2009, 05:26:15 PM »

I saw this film a year or so ago. It wasn't especially entertaining in my opinion, but it was interesting to see how the monastery got started. It was worth a watch. The documentary took place in Denmark. The scenery was beautiful.

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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2009, 07:55:21 PM »

I completely agree with what Bono Vox has said: not particularly entertaining but the scenery is beautiful. It's a very slow-moving film. You really get tuned into the old man's hard work and crankiness. The plot is almost non-existent but it is there... as thin as it is. I put it back into our queue but dropped it to the bottom. Knowing my wife, I'll likely have to watch it by myself.  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2009, 12:57:11 AM »

I enjoyed this movie very much.  I especially liked the Russian nun, Mother Amrosija, who is just as I imagine a Russian nun would be.  It is slow-moving and somewhat reminiscent of The Island, which I also loved.  We have some Danish friends who actually know these sisters and have visited the monastery.
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« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2009, 03:43:29 AM »

I've seen some amazing work done by the nuns at St. Paisius Monastery in Arizona.  Those hard working sisters can handle (and have handled) any work the general contractors do as they tame that patch of desert.

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Somehow it seems a bit odd having a woman, even if she is a nun, in charge of such an operation...

Couldn't the Church have sent over some men to organize the project? I thought "church planting" (as it was called in my former church) was a function of the Church, and as such, should have male leadership.

At any rate, I'm getting a bit curious about this film, so I may try to watch it after all...
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« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2009, 01:05:31 AM »

It is a good movie, but done in a documentary fashion, with no clear indication of time. If you can watch non-entertaining things on the history channel, you can get through it. I own it, it's good.
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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2011, 01:29:39 PM »

I rented this film on Netflix and I loved it. I wonder if Ansgar has seen this. Is the monastery open to visitors?
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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2011, 01:56:00 PM »

I rented this film on Netflix and I loved it. I wonder if Ansgar has seen this. Is the monastery open to visitors?
Unfortunately, the only time I have seen it I only managed to see the latter part of the film. But from what I see it was a very beautiful documentary. Therefore I also became sad when I talked to a friend whom I visited this Pascha who told me that he had heard that Sister Ambrosija had moved back to Russia so currently the castle must stand empty I think. But if you like you kan watch these pictures which was taken when our parish in Copenhagen visited the monastery back in 2009 Smiley
http://ortodoks.dk/2009_hesbjerg.html
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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2011, 06:49:25 PM »

That was a good movie.  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2011, 11:07:23 PM »

I saw the movie a year or so ago. It is a very nice movie. I'm sorry to hear that Sister Ambrosija has gone back to Russia.
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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2011, 01:48:08 AM »

I saw the movie a year or so ago. It is a very nice movie. I'm sorry to hear that Sister Ambrosija has gone back to Russia.
Very sad indeed. My country could use monasticism. We only have very few monasteries and they are catholic and almost unknown.
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2011, 06:59:59 AM »

That's a shame about Sister Amvrosija. She seems like a really nice person... just not someone you want to mess with. Is it possible that she's just taking a hiatus? Also, I thought the plan was to have 4-5 nuns, not just one.
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