18 June 2008 | RushRhees
Idiosyncrasies and insights
Mr Vig is an elderly Danish gentleman who sets out to donate his "castle" to the Russian Orthodox Church. An entourage of nuns arrive in the Danish outbacks to inspect the house and the negotiations begin. Mr Vig is a strong-minded man, but so are the nuns.
Calling this a "human interest" film may be quite all right, but, that said, it doesn't lack substance. Even though many scenes are devoted to Mr Vig's idiosyncrasies, the film, for me, didn't leave my mind immediately after having finished it. It is a film that by focusing on the nuns' pragmatic outlook on moving to Vig's castle, by portraying the nuns as knowledgeable and persistent, throw a much more down-to-earth light on religion and religious life than what is customary in many films and documentary (religious people as world-weary ascetics).
Some scenes are stranger than words can tell. In one scene, Sister Ambrosija is seen hunched down in prayer, chanting solemnly. Then her cell phone suddenly rings, and the ring tone is "I wish you a merry Christmas". She barks: "YES??" Cut!