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Review: 'The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun' a charming documentary (April 20)

  • Article by: Christy DeSmith
  • Special to the Star Tribune
  • April 20, 2008 - 2:04 PM
★★★ out of four

This charming, leisurely documentary focuses on a stubborn and idiosyncratic old Dane who longs to turn his castle-like estate into a Russian Orthodox monastery.

When a whip-smart nun, Sister Ambrosija, is sent on reconnaissance, the personality clash is something to behold, as are the myriad visual details -- the Chinese opium-smoking couch at which Ambrosija snakes her head; the way she averts her steel-blue eyes when a shirtless neighbor appears; Mr. Vig's shock of white hair, and the chunky, taped-up glasses that rest at the tip of his nose. (5:25 p.m. Sun., St. Anthony Main. Subtitled. 84 mins.)

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