The Island

Synopsis: Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Pavel Lungin
Production: Film Movement
  15 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

Live with a saint you'll become a saint.

You said something

and l didn't get it.

Father Filaret shows his kindness.

He wants you to live in his chamber

to mend your health.

Who's going to work here?

Lay brother Nicodimus.

Why, he dreads fire.

We all dread Gehenna.

Father Job,

bless me to stay here.

l'm used to it, l know all about it.

lt's winter. l need to stoke up.

Do you hear me?

Father Filaret is showing

you kindness!

Look, you learned to read and write,

didn't you?

lf l didn't l wouldn't be a chief.

Read holy books too.

Sure, l know many by heart.

l forget

why Cain

killed his brother Abel.

You and your jokes.

You'd better wipe that handle.

You're wallowing in filth,


lt's sheer bliss...

You are always scaring me!

Where did you learn to walk


lf you like,

l can make me horseshoes

so l'm always heard from a distance.

Just you dare!

This is a monastery, not stables.

lf everybody wears horseshoes

there'll be such noise!

Like at a hippodrome.

Should l make bets on you?

What now?

Let me report...

Father Anatoly...

Father Anatoly? Not again!

What has he done wrong?

lt's all written here.

What do l want with your scrawl?

Say what you have to say.

And let's have done with this.

This is what in all honesty

can no longer be tolerated.

Firstly, Anatoly never washes

his face and hands.

Second, he is always late for work.

Third, Mainland folk are

always coming to see him.

Yesterday he showed up

in church

with a felt boot on one leg

and a sock on the other

and started singing

through his nose.


the brethren are grumbling.

On festive occasions

he does come to church

but he doesn't pray,

only exposes...

He was barred from refectory.

Enough. My head is spinning already.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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