The Island (Ostrov)
The Island (Ostrov) (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 26, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

A contemplative fable, not without its wry wit, which effectively ponders the workings of faith, specifically the connection between gnawing guilt and a desire to do good.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

An aggravating combination of piousness, arty self-pity, and knowing silliness meant to speak to higher spiritual truths.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Stunning to look at and ambitious in its symbolic rendering of the subject.

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Jonathan F. Richards

The Island is visually stunning in its bleak, blue-hued austerity, but its storytelling is simplistic.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Both heartfelt and ultimately optimistic.

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Times (UK)

An unsentimental journey of guilt, atonement and redemption, with moments of comic bleakness. Your eyes will be smarting.

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Screenplay by young Dmitry Sobolev, a student at Moscow's VGIK film school, has a familiar, almost folksy structure, making for satisfying storytelling but leaving viewers with less to ponder after the story's final, largely foreseeable twist.

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Deborah Young

Almost a sinful pleasure is Andrey Zhegalov's striking widescreen cinematography.

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Catherine Shoard

The folksy structure both lulls and frustrates, and there's something dirgeish about the endless scenes of soul-wracking and tea-brewing. The cinematography's almost inappropriately pretty, though.

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