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Le moine (2011)

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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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(novel) (as Matthew G. Lewis), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Elvire
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Père Miguel
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L'abbesse
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Soeur Agnès
Frédéric Noaille ...
Lorenzo
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Frère Andrés (as Javivi Gil Valle)
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Leonella
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Ernst Umhauer ...
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L'homme au bébé (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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13 July 2011 (France)  »

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El monje  »

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€11,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,418, 10 March 2013, Limited Release

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$8,418, 10 March 2013
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Second adaptation of Matthew Lewis' gothic novel, published in 1796. See more »

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Version of Le moine (1972) See more »

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Slow, very Slow, so Slow
21 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

In December 1595, a baby is left at the Capuchin monastery just outside of Madrid. The monks debated and decided to raise the boy in the monastery. He would become their best orator Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel). The church is packed as his brand of strict faith inspires the congregation. Only his actions may lead him down a thorny path.

Vincent Cassel has a natural intensity. This could have been a very powerful and profound movie. The story is there to put on film. But this movie has little movement. Most of the time, the characters do not move at all. It is all talk, and some of it is confoundingly slow. Other than two or three exchanges, most of the dialog could have been slash in half.

The story is there. If starving a pregnant nun to death in a dungeon cell isn't compelling, then I don't know what is. The problem is everything in between. And the twist is as telegraphed as they come. This could have been a great character study as this man get more outrageous as the movie goes along. Instead, Cassel isn't allow to physically act. There is a good story but this isn't a good film. It's a promise unfulfilled.


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