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The Monk (2011)

Le moine (original title)
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Madrid, in the seventeenth century. Abandoned at the doorstep of a monastery, Ambrosio has been brought up by the Capucin Friars. After becoming a friar himself, he becomes an unrivaled ... See full summary »

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Dominik Moll

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Matthew Lewis (novel) (as Matthew G. Lewis), Dominik Moll (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Cassel ... Ambrosio
Déborah François ... Valerio
Joséphine Japy Joséphine Japy ... Antonia
Sergi López ... Le débauché / The debauchee
Catherine Mouchet ... Elvire
Jordi Dauder ... Père / Father Miguel
Geraldine Chaplin ... L'abbesse / The abbess
Roxane Duran ... Soeur / Sister Agnès
Frédéric Noaille Frédéric Noaille ... Lorenzo
Javivi ... Frère / Brother Andrés (as Javivi Gil Valle)
Martine Vandeville Martine Vandeville ... Leonella
Pierre-Félix Gravière Pierre-Félix Gravière ... Frère / Brother Iago
Serge Feuillard Serge Feuillard ... Le tuteur / The tutor
Ernst Umhauer Ernst Umhauer ... Le novice / The novice
Jean-Francois Vendroux Jean-Francois Vendroux ... L'homme au bébé / The man with the baby (as Jean-François Vendroux)
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Madrid, in the seventeenth century. Abandoned at the doorstep of a monastery, Ambrosio has been brought up by the Capucin Friars. After becoming a friar himself, he becomes an unrivaled preacher whose sermons draw crowds and earn him the admiration of all. Admired for his extreme rigor and absolute virtue, Ambrosio is certain he is safe from any temptation. But Satan has not said his final word... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Rated R for some sexuality, brief graphic nudity and violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 July 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El monje See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,418, 10 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,418, 10 March 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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French visa # 120426 delivered on 9-6-2011. See more »

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Version of The Monk (1972) See more »

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A Dark yet Beautifully Illuminated Gothic Tale
22 March 2013 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Matthew G. Lewis wrote this cult classic THE MONK in 1796, and while it was a scandalous work at the time it has survived as a window into the depravity of certain orders of the church. It is particularly timely as a film now, released amidst the scandals of the Catholic Church. Dominick Moll transforms this story in to a film so reminiscent of 16th century Spain in deco and costumes (Maria Clara Notari and Bina Daigeler), music (Alberto Iglesias), and atmospheric cinematography (Patrick Blossier) that the few lapses the story takes form the novel simply do not detract from the visual beauty of this film.

The film opens with an old beggar dropping off an infant on the church steps of a Capuchin monastery in 16th century Spain. The friars raise the child, convinced he is a miracle from the Virgin Mary and at age 18 Ambrosio (Vincent Cassell) takes the vows and becomes a sanctified Capucin monk, but not just a monk but also one blessed with righteousness and distance from temptation. Scores come to the monastery to simply see him and have him hear their confession. His beneficence to a young nun (Roxane Duran) who has become pregnant is cancelled by the abbess of the nunnery (Geraldine Chaplin) and evil begins to shroud the film. A young monk Valerio (Déborah François) is brought to the monastery masked to apparently cover the brutal burn wounds on his face, but in actuality Valerio has healing powers, is able to heal Ambrosio's frequent severe headaches, and finally reveals to Ambrosio that there is a women beneath that mask. From this point the near holy monk Ambrosio falls from grace and descends into seduction, depravity, satanic secrets and murder.

Yes, there are lapses in the story that beg explanation but the atmosphere created by the cinematic team and the performances by Vincent Cassell and the rest of the cast more than make this a fine cinematic achievement.

Grady Harp


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