Cherny Monakh (1989)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Religious Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Russia   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Dan Pavlides

This drama about a man's obsession with a ghost known as the black monk is taken from the classic novel by Anton Checkhov. Korvin (Stanislav Lyubshin) encounters the spirit, and the monk advises him to live life to the fullest. The monk, who is never seen, assures Korvin he is not mad. Korvin hopes to marry the strikingly beautiful Tania (Tatiana Drubich), the daughter of an eccentric old man (Petr Fomenko) with a penchant for gardening. When father and daughter find Korvin talking to himself, they demand he seek medical treatment. Korvin's visit to the doctor results in the loss of his ability to speak to spirits and he becomes angry and violent. He feels he has lost the one thing that has made him individually unique and he leaves the idyllic garden for a life of terminal unhappiness. This is the directorial debut for the celebrated Ivan Dykhovichny. Stellar cinematography is provided by Vadim Yusov, an acknowledged master of his media.



daughter, eccentric, ghost, insanity, love, mental-illness, monk, obsession, unhappiness