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« on: September 07, 2014, 03:19:25 PM »

Beautiful and moving documentary now on Netflix. Most of it is in Danish with subtitles with some English, but it's very good.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925259/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


Synopsis: A Danish man approaching death seeks to turn his castle in to a Russian Orthodox monastery but runs into conflict with a nun.
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2014, 03:23:39 PM »

I really enjoyed this one. Mr. Vig is a really interesting, strange dude. I wish more interview time had been given to Sister Amvrosia as she also seems pretty interesting.
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2014, 03:28:59 PM »

Indeed. It was mentioned last year, but it's good to see it brought up again. I am still curious about certain things, but having the answers would probably spoil the story for me.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2014, 03:32:36 PM »

Also mentioned here:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,23259.0.html

I remember discussing it somewhere else as well, but can't find the thread now.
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2014, 03:49:18 PM »

Yes, Mr. Vig is strange and interesting, but that is what makes him charming and likable. He just tells it how it is and always acts honestly, even if he is not always "nice". But his honesty often makes him more charitable than those who fear to offend and thus give in to others. The same with Mother Amvrosia. She's the perfect Russian mother superior. She embodies what people see as the Russian persona which is so different than the American persona, which is to always be friendly and smile. The Russian, Mr. Vig says, does not have a conscious, which is a funny way of putting it because there is some truth to it. Americans, for example, when going to Europe, even the UK, often think they are snobbish, but it's not that they are snobbish, but that they, including the Russians, tend to be much more frank and less concerned with not offending others when they feel they are right. Americans are very quick to cave to others, which is not a bad thing per se. I would say we are similar to the Australians in this sort of casual friendliness. The Russians can really be like Mother Amvrosia and it's not that they are naturally unfriendly. It's just they they are less casual in how they deal with others. It's really beautiful to see the love Mother Amvrosia has for Mr. Vig while holding her ground.
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2014, 08:17:33 PM »

I really enjoy this movie.
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2014, 08:20:07 PM »

It was very good!
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2014, 09:19:08 PM »

I just watched this....It was great! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2014, 08:12:07 AM »

I've been watching it in spurts according to how much time I have - so far, I've found it delightful.  I'm where the plastic on the floor was taken up by the Nun and the driver and Mr. Vic is none too happy about it.

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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2014, 08:33:35 PM »

I was finally able to finish it today during my lunch break.  I will watch it again. . .   beautiful documentary. 

I tried to do a search to find the monastery as it is now, and couldn't find anything.  Has anyone else found anything?
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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2014, 08:41:49 PM »

I believe this is the monastery website, it has an entire page dedicated to Mr. Vig Smiley

http://www.hesbjerg.ru/E/e_vi_his_01.html
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2014, 08:47:04 PM »

I believe this is the monastery website, it has an entire page dedicated to Mr. Vig Smiley

http://www.hesbjerg.ru/E/e_vi_his_01.html

Thanks!! Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2014, 09:10:20 PM »

I believe this is the monastery website, it has an entire page dedicated to Mr. Vig Smiley

http://www.hesbjerg.ru/E/e_vi_his_01.html

Thanks!! Smiley

No problem! Cheesy I had been wondering the same thing, your asking simply gave me the motivation to look.
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