The year is 1942 and the Germans commandeer a tugboat carrying coal in the dead of night. Taking cover on a barge, Anatoly and his captain are soon discovered and orders are given to execute them both on the spot. Pleading for his life, the frightened young sailor will be spared if he takes that of the captain. Flash forward to 1976, and the young sailor is now Father Anatoly (Petr Mamonov), a monk living in a monastery situated on a remote island not far from where the pivotal event of his life took place, 34 years earlier. Time has not been kind to the repentant sinner, who passes his days gathering coal to heat his tiny cell, when he is not wandering the coastline atoning for his sins, playing pranks on Father Job, or giving council to the townspeople who approach him for consolation.
People arrive on the island from all around the region, seeking Anatoli as a Holy man capable of wise advice and able to curse sickness. All the while he suffers, being tormented by sin and guilt from killing his fellow sailor. In the end he learns what true forgiveness means.
DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:49:46 | 7.59 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian (6 ch), Russian (2 ch), Russian (DTS, 6 ch)
Subtitles: Russian, English, Ukrainian
Director: Pavel Lungin
Actors: Pyotr Mamonov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Dmitriy Dyuzhev, Nina Usatova, Viktoriya Isakova, Iurii Kuznetsov, Iana Esipovich