This is the award-winning story about an 82-year old bachelor Mr Vig, who has never known love, and Sister Amvorsija, a determined young Russian nun who enters his quiet life. Living alone, Mr Vig wants to donate his dilapidated castle to the Russian Orthodox Church for use as a monastery. So now a group of nuns has descended upon his home to help his dreams come true. But the nuns have ideas of their own, and for Mr Vig to realize his ambition things may have to change in more ways than he had bargained for. To ensure that the necessary steps are taken, the nuns slowly take over the daily work in the castle, introduce new routines, and insist that improvements are made to the building. The entrance of Sister Amvrosija, profoundly affects the old man, who has lived alone all his life and had little contacts with women. Gradually a grudging respect develops between the two adversaries. What starts out as a battle of wills becomes a story of transformation and redemption and in the end Mr Vig gains a community that loves him, prays for him and ultimately may have to mourn for him.
Pernille Rose Gronkjaer, Jorgen Laursen Vig, Sister Amvrosya
Funny in an endearing way
- Monastery: Mr.Vig and the Nun review by MB
It starts off slowly and you have to be patient. Vig is an old man, one you can't help but like and also pity. I admire his tenacity and ability to keep the near-ruinous castle going to the best of his ability. He is selfless and selfish simultaneously: he sacrifices his personal space for a church he has no connection with, yet is immensely stubborn. There are funny moments due to some of his sayings: women have problems, like feelings, he claims. And women have so many secrets. It ends with a sad note. And the nun, with the patience of Job, just shakes her head...Worth a watch.