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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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Valerio
Joséphine Japy ...
Antonia
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Le débauché
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Jordi Dauder ...
Père Miguel
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L'abbesse
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Frédéric Noaille ...
Lorenzo
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Frère Andrés (as Javivi Gil Valle)
Martine Vandeville ...
Leonella
Pierre-Félix Gravière ...
Frère Iago
Serge Feuillard ...
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Ernst Umhauer ...
Le novice
Jean-Francois 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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13 July 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El monje  »

Box Office

Budget:

€11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,418 (USA) (8 March 2013)

Gross:

$8,418 (USA) (8 March 2013)
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French visa # 120426 delivered on 9-6-2011. See more »

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Gloomy, but slightly arid medieval passion story
4 November 2013 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

Historical and monastery- or palace-related films are usually catchy and intense as both external and internal reclusion provide sufficient basis for these - particularly together with religious mystique. Le moine is a good example here, but not among the finest: its run is sometimes protracted, many supporting actors are unvaried (female ones, above all) and the ending does not summarize all "loose ends" recognised during the film. As of today, the issues approached do not awake the same feelings as centuries ago when the novel The Monk: A Romance was written by Matthew Gregory Lewis (1796) - at least in agnostics like me.

The gem of the film is undoubtedly the star Vincent Cassel as Capucino Ambrosio (= the Monk); he outperforms his counterparts and there are scenes where his presence could have been more visible (well, usually I am not so much into so-called solo films).

Thus, as for tenseness and uniformity of characters, Le moine leaves to be desired; e.g. The Name of the Rose is better.


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