The Monk 2013 R

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Ambrosio's dedication to God has earned him legions of worshippers. But when a mysterious and beautiful woman arrives at the monastery, he is tempted by a lifetime of repressed desire, torn between the path of righteousness and the road to temptation.

Vincent Cassel, Déborah François
1 hour 41 minutes

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The Monk

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Genres Drama, Thriller, International, Mystery
Director Dominik Moll
Starring Vincent Cassel, Déborah François
Supporting actors Joséphine Japy, Sergi López, Catherine Mouchet, Jordi Dauder, Geraldine Chaplin, Roxane Duran, Frédéric Noaille, Javivi, Martine Vandeville, Pierre-Félix Gravière, Serge Feuillard, Ernst Umhauer, Jean-Francois Vendroux, Juliette Savary, Pascal Loison, Gabriel Ignacio, Jean-Charles Dumay, Ana Pérez Plasencia
Studio Flatiron Film Company
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2013
Format: DVD
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, March 13
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pete Hraber on March 20, 2013
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Classic quality- start to finish. Smooth and credible, great character development. Well cast and staged. Tragedies are not as popular as comedies, but substantially more useful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 18, 2013
Format: DVD
Gothic thrillers these days are in fairly short supply, so I'd imagine fans of this unique sub-genre will possibly flock to pick up THE MONK. And why not? This R-rated story offers up some modest drama infused with a bit of carnal appeal (just a bit, though, and even I would've expected more). What might they find? Well, it's an exploration of one man's faith in a world more complex than he had imagined, one that even he took for granted. But isn't it always the case that the man who places himself so high must inevitably endure the hardest fall?

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come', then read on ...)

Brother Ambrosio (played by Vincent Cassel) is a Capuchin Monk in 17th century Madrid whose own origins remain a bit of a mystery: as an infant, he was dropped off on the steps of the monastery. Raised in such a strict environment, Ambrosio practically absorbed a pious morality into his soul, and, as an adult, he becomes a famous preacher of sermons. People come from miles away to hear him speak. However, he's secretly become enamored with his own sanctity, so when the mysterious Valerio (Deborah Francois) arrives under curious circumstances the monk is fooled into taking a masked woman into their order. Will it spell his personal doom? It may ... in more ways than one!

Under other circumstances, it might be easy to dismiss THE MONK as an unconventional `bodice ripper.
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The illicit tale presented in the French thriller "The Monk" is a brooding contemplation of faith versus temptation. As a well respected and pious monk, Vincent Cassel (one of my favorites) is the model of decorum and judgmental authority. His religious certainty is a thing of awe among the local populace and within the brotherhood. But this faith is about to be challenged with more secular concerns. This is the emotional centerpiece of a story that shows how no one is immune from human frailty. As the saying goes, "Pride Goeth Before A Fall" and the downfall presented within "The Monk" is dark, stylish, and enthralling. The movie is filled with vibrant (and oftentimes disturbing) imagery and is heightened by a dramatic soundtrack. The plot can be outlandish, it might even be considered a parable. But Cassel takes us beyond where we expect things to go and the bitter ending has stayed with me.

Quite literally, "The Monk" begins on a dark and stormy night. A baby is abandoned on the steps of a monastery who will later develop into Father Ambrosio (Cassel). An upright beacon of propriety, he is a man who will not bend to conventional weaknesses. But those who will not bend just might break. A confluence of events unsettle his daily routine. There is the arrival of a masked figure wishing to join the brotherhood, the disgrace of an impure initiate, and the introduction of a local woman infatuated with the notorious clergyman. As the story progresses, we see how each has a hold on Ambrosio to some extent. The screenplay is painting a bigger picture and Ambrosio seems confined on an ill-fated journey that he has no will to change. Plagued by headaches, visions, and enigmatic dreams, there seems to be an internal battle raging for the Father's soul and his sanity.
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