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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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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Smooth and credible, great character development.
Pete Hraber
Compressing a lengthy book into a film is hard business but this film seems to do the novel a tiny bit of justice.
tiger lily
The thing I'd like to emphasize here is that if you want or will read the book, then read it first.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2013
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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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10 of 12 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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Shriver on August 18, 2013
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Monty Python taught that "nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition," but here is a film suggesting that the Inquisition, when most needed, tends to show up too late.

17th Century Spain. Ambrosio is left, as an infant, on the steps of a Capuchin monastery, where, after a time jump, he has evolved into their most powerful preacher (Vincent Cassel). Villagers, aristocrats and farmers gather from miles around to hear his homilies. He is the most revered man in the region.

Ambrosio listens--with perhaps excessive interest?--to a man's confession of rape and incest. He delivers soul-shaking sermons with shocking brevity, then breaks off abruptly, reminding me somewhat of Peter Finch's Jeremiads in NETWORK. He turns monastic rules upside-down to welcome a masked stranger into their midst, an individual who cannot participate in canonical activities because of the wax mask that hides the professed burns on his face.

The masked stranger, Valerio, has mysterious powers of healing the migraines Ambrosio suffers, assuring him a permanent place in the monastery. The identity of the masked stranger can be found by anyone referring to the IMDb, so I will not supply that spoiler here. Suffice it to say that a tide of latent sexuality swells beneath the calm goings-on of the monastery, and that Ambrosio falls victim to it in a decidedly Lynchian fashion. He quickly shifts from victim to predator, and from orthodoxy to heresy. And, yes. The Spanish Inquisition rolls in at the last minute, but not in time to prevent Valerio from committing the ultimate heresy.
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