The Monk

The Monk  {Le moine}
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The Monk
Le moine
France, 2011, 101 Minute Running Time
Topics: Cult, Erotic, History, Religion, Thriller
Program: World Cinema
Language: French English Sub-Titles

A change of pace for director Dominik Moll, known for the creepy contemporary dramas With a Friend Like Harry… and Lemming, the beautifully realized The Monk is a gothic 17th-century period piece set in Spain. It features French star Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) in a towering performance as the eponymous protagonist. Having been left on a monastery’s doorstep as a baby, Ambrosio (Cassel) has grown into an exemplar of sometimes-harsh religiosity. This piety is challenged by the arrival of the masked and supposedly disfigured Valerio, a novice who turns out to be a female minion of Satan (Déborah François) bent on leading Ambrosio down the path to sin, a path he willingly walks.... Taken from Matthew Lewis’s classic 1796 novel (once also co-adapted by Buñuel), The Monk revels in its beguiling atmosphere of long-repressed emotion ultimately unleashed. The period details—costumes, locations—are stunning, as is Cassel’s riveting performance as a man unmoored by sexuality and torn away from all he once held as true.

DIRECTOR: Dominik Moll
Producer: Michael Saint-Jean
Editor: François Gédigier, Sylvie Lager
Screenwriter: Dominik Moll
Cinematographer: Patrick Blossier
Music: Alberto Iglesias
Principal Cast: Vincent Cassel, Deborah Francois, Sergi Lopez, Geraldine Chaplin, Josephine Japy
Filmography: Lemming (2005), With a Friend Like Harry (2000)
Print Source: ATO Pictures -

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