The Priest

Synopsis: Set in Russia and based on the true story happened during WWII. Father Alexander (Makovetsky) is making every effort to maintain peaceful life for his church during the Nazi occupation. His mission is to survive through the deadly war and save the civilians. But he is only a human...
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Vladimir Khotinenko
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
130 min

Behold, the fly, such a shameless creature before the Lord.

Whilst me, a church figure,

am deep within thoughts about our worthy staretz (headman)

Zosima the Phoenician,

you dare to land on his wonderful icon...

you walk on him with your shameless legs,

you "wash" yourself there; Lord, forgive me.

This is me, unable to kill a fly, people say about me.

- Who are you speaking with?

- I'm speaking to a fly.

Do you like it?

I don't understand why the hens lay so many eggs.

Did you see how much they clucked (sung) today?

What is this? If the hens are not laying eggs

then it is bad; if they lay too many, it is also bad.

Don't tell me. I know from my mother.

If the hens lay too many eggs or

there is too much "sponge", it is bad.

I don't like that Moisei has come.

He asked me to call you.

Look, he is there.

Help us Father.

She does not want to agree.

We tried one way or the other to change her mind

but she wants her way.

She's does not even get upset anymore.

And she is saying terrifying words.

mentality, lack of culture...

About the faith of the ancestors.

- And in what way can I help?

Is there anyone unacquainted with Father Alexander?

They all are familiar with your power of preaching.

It is said that it is a terrifying power.

I declare about Christ. For Christ.

While you, from what I understand

are asking something different,

to depart your daughter from Christ.

By God, what are the costs?

You will depart one person,

but you will gain another hundred of people.

Think about it yourself, Father.

I have five daughters.

And only one of them is married.

If Havocika will fulfill her stupid dreams,

Who will take her as a wife?

Our people won't take her, because she's one of you.

And yours will not take her, because she is one of us.

On your knees please.

Such an occasion.

Havocika, daughter, come here,

Father wants to speak with you.

I will go to her.

You must understand that this deed can be decisive,

the most important of your life.

- I understand, Father.

- Until the end, are you so sure?

Yes, Father. I've made up my mind.

And nothing can stop me.

Think about what it means for your parents and sisters

to leave their faith and to receive the shining light of Orthodoxy.

It is written in the Scriptures that

one should leave his parents and come to Christ.

That relatives are an obstacle for a person.

That is what's said,

but Orthodoxy burdens a person with the weight of responsibility.

Now you are only responsible for your people.

God will forgive you,

if you remain with them.

God will forgive you,

if you remain with them.

You will be a good and loving mother,

a warmhearted wife

An honest neighbor,

and you will not do evil unto anyone in your lifetime.

And if you will receive the mystery of baptism

and then you will not be a good Christian,

this is something terrible and severe.

There are some people who believe that

if they are baptized they are readily saved.

It's not so by far.

Think well about what I told you and

don't be in a hurry.

You promise?

Now I promise.

I will think about it. Maybe it's true.

If you don't change your mind,

I will baptize you myself.

Hava, this means Eva (Eve)?

You will be called Eva.

In the honor of the ancestor of the human folk.

Very well, go to your father.

I will think about it very much.

She's like a ladybug.

Come to me, my golden girl.

Father Alexander, it's my fault.

The also the wife's.

She drives me nuts,

Sometimes I feel like there's going to be murder.

It is a sin to have such thoughts, surely,

but I will tell you a secret,

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