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Movie Natters: April 23, 2008 Archive

MSPIFF notes: Hockey and Mr Vig (and a French spy)

Posted at 5:44 PM on April 23, 2008 by Euan Kerr

It sounds as though the MSPIFF will have it's biggest broadcast blowout tomorrow with the TV coverage of the world premier of "Pond Hockey." Crews are expected to do live shots in the morning and the evening. We'll have a piece on MPR too of course.

If you are looking for something a little different tonight at MSPIFF you might consider "The Monastery: Mr Vig and the Nun" which has had a second screening added tonight. It's a wonderous strange story about an elderly Danish gentleman who for reasons which are never quite explained bought an estate with a castle four decades ago. After thinking about it for many years he decided he wants to establish a monastery in the castle.

An advance party comes in from a Russian Orthodox order from Moscow, and it soon becomes clear that Mr Vig's vision doesn't jibe with either the church, nor more specifically the nun leading the group. Neither is prepared to budge, and as the negotiations have to be done in their only common language, English, the confusion only worsens.

Director Pernille Rose Gronkjaer captures moments both hilarious and heartwrending as the two battle it out.

If you're in the mood for something lighter there's "OSS 117" a French spy spoof which follows the adventures of an undercover agent who is part James Bond, part Inspector Clouseau. He's got a self-assurance based on a certainty that French culture will inevitably dominate the world, combined with an impeccable dress sense. As they say in the film, he's got everything, but a clue.


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