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The Monk -- 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.


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Matthew Lewis (novel)
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The Monk / Le Moine (2011) Movie Trailer, Clip, Photos: Vincent Cassel
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  (in credits order)

Vincent Cassel ... Capucin Ambrosio

Déborah François ... Valerio
Joséphine Japy ... Antonia

Sergi López ... Le débauché

Catherine Mouchet ... Elvire

Jordi Dauder ... Père Miguel

Geraldine Chaplin ... L'abbesse

Roxane Duran ... Soeur Agnès
Frédéric Noaille ... Lorenzo

Javivi ... Frère Andrés (as Javivi Gil Valle)
Martine Vandeville ... Leonella
Pierre-Félix Gravière ... Frère Iago
Serge Feuillard ... Le tuteur
Ernst Umhauer ... Le novice
Jean-Francois Vendroux ... L'homme au bébé (as Jean-François Vendroux)
Juliette Savary ... Une soeur bavarde
Pascal Loison ... Le possédé
Gabriel Ignacio ... Le procureur
Jean-Charles Dumay ... Le juge
Ana Pérez Plasencia ... La servante
María Begoña Mancho ... Soeur Ursule
Jean-Marc Galluis ... Partégueur
Rosa María Rodríguez ... Elvire jeune
Francisco Tomás ... Musicien 1
Guillem Ballart ... Musicien 2
Nil Ripoll Esteban ... L'enfant Mateo
Jean-Claude Dauphin ... Narrateur (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pere Vall

Directed by
Dominik Moll 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Matthew Lewis  novel (as Matthew G. Lewis)
Dominik Moll  screenplay (adaptation) (dialogue)
Anne-Louise Trividic  screenplay (adaptation) (dialogue)

Produced by
Pilar Benito .... executive producer
Jordi Berenguer .... line producer
Ricardo Fernández-Deu .... co-producer (as Ricardo Fernandez Déu)
Álvaro Longoria .... executive producer
Jordi Muñoz .... assistant producer
Stéphane Riga .... line producer
Michel Saint-Jean .... producer
Original Music by
Alberto Iglesias 
Cinematography by
Patrick Blossier 
Film Editing by
François Gédigier 
Sylvie Lager 
Casting by
Emmanuelle Prévost 
Production Design by
Antxón Gómez 
Art Direction by
María Clara Notari 
Set Decoration by
Irene Montcada 
Costume Design by
Bina Daigeler 
Makeup Department
Paul de Fisser .... key hair stylist
Jesús García .... assistant hair stylist
Cyril Hipaux .... special makeup effects artist
Susi León .... additional makeup artist
Kaatje Van Damme .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jordi Abarca .... unit production manager
Guadalupe Balaguer Trelles .... post-production supervisor
Jordi Berenguer .... production manager
Charles Besnard .... unit production manager
Ivan Carrero .... assistant production manager
David Expósito .... production assistant
Marta Juls .... production assistant
Audrey Legendre .... assistant unit manager
Stéphane Riga .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian Alzieu .... second assistant director
Adela Batiste .... third assistant director
Esther Fouchard .... third assistant director
Ángel Lafuente .... second assistant director
Silvia Martínez .... third assistant director
Pau Teixidor .... third assistant director
Thierry Verrier .... first assistant director
Art Department
Chan Canelo .... set dresser
David Carr .... greensman
Alexis Fibla .... set draftsman
Joxean Goya .... set dresser
Alejandro Mackay .... stand-by props
Maite Marti .... key painter: Spain
Eva Mazo .... production buyer
Manuel Mougin .... property master
Sound Department
Olivier Do Huu .... re-recording mixer (as Olivier Dô Hùu)
Matthieu Fichet .... assistant sound editor
Gérard Hardy .... sound editor
Lionel Le Bras .... boom operator
Jonathan Martins .... assistant re-recording mixer
François Maurel .... sound
Fred Mays .... post-synchronisation
Fred Messa .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Mathilde Germi .... digital compositor
Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge .... Flame artist: Mac Guff
Jerome Fournier Lanzoni .... concept artist (as Jerome Fournier)
Martial Vallanchon .... visual effects supervisor
Jérôme Gaspard .... stunt coordinator
Diego Herberg .... stunt rider
Camera and Electrical Department
Guillaume Ader .... additional electrician
Guillaume Ader .... electrician
Eric Blanckaert .... first assistant camera
Manel Capdevila .... grip
Michael Crotto .... still photographer
Maéva Drecq .... second assistant camera
Elías Fernández Salomón .... additional electrician
Fric López Verdeguer .... grip
Laura Martínez .... grip
Roger Martínez .... additional first assistant camera
Christian Metz .... best boy grip: rigging grip
Ana Portela Rodríguez .... electrician: additional
Núria Pérez .... video assist
Quimet Sole .... generator operator electrician
Edgar Solé .... electrician
Benoît Theunissen .... steadicam operator
Yves Vandersmissen .... key grip
François-Xavier Walter .... additional grip
Casting Department
Juan Irache .... extras casting assistant
Pablo Sola .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paula Chiappetta .... additional wardrobe
Ana Cuerda .... key assistant costume designer
Leticia Palomares .... costume assistant
Nuria Pascual-Andujar .... costumer: dailies
Pepo Ruiz Dorado .... costume assistant
Martina Schlickert .... costume cutter: seamstress
Editorial Department
Miguel Bejo .... telecine dailies colorist
Clément Guégan .... digital conformation
Sylvie Lager .... assistant editor
Raymond Terrentin .... colorist
Philippe Tourret .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Marc Alvarez .... location manager
Pierre de Parscau .... location scout
Alex Le Gal .... location manager
Mathias Lepage .... assistant location manager
Manel Manteca .... location scout (as Manel Manteca-Denci)
Felipe Salazar .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Rachel Bolt .... viola
Chris Clad .... violin
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Peter Lale .... musician: first alto
Steve Mair .... musician: double bass
Everton Nelson .... musician: first violin
Bruce White .... viola
Other crew
Adela Batiste .... stand-in
Agustin Bidard .... stand-in: Vincent Cassel
Eder García Camuera .... production runner
Rachel Corlet-Soulier .... script supervisor
Jordi Cots .... production coordinator
Pascale Dillemann .... communications department
Valérie Dompnier .... production coordinator
Eider Galán .... producer: additional support
Cristóbal García .... business affairs
Mayi Gutiérrez Cobo .... press and festival coordinator
Mayi Gutiérrez Cobo .... production secretary
Marc Hulsbus .... production accountant
Jérôme Jouneaux .... press attache
Cédric Landemaine .... press attache
Aleix Lladó .... production assistant
Anna Maluenda .... set production assistant
Reg Noyes .... script consultant
Lydia Tarrega .... production secretary
Sophie Timbal .... production accountant
Mounia Wissinger .... press attache
Marie Deroudille .... thanks
Gilles Marchand .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Le moine" - Spain (original title)
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Rated R for some sexuality, brief graphic nudity and violent images
France:101 min
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French visa # 120426 delivered on 9-6-2011.See more »
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Version of Le moine (1972)See more »


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33 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Imperfect but worth seeing, 25 November 2011
Author: guy-bellinger ( from Montigny-lès-Metz, France

Dominik Moll makes few movies : this is only his fourth feature film in 17 years. But his themes are always very consistent. And his latest choice, "The Monk", Matthew G. Lewis's 18th Century cult novel, cherished by the Surrealists, appears as particularly relevant in the wake of "Intimacy", "Harry, He's Here To Help" and "Lemming". It is a good pick because the book's fiendish subject allows the director to go further into the issue he has explored in his two former movies : evil lurking behind the reassuring codes of polished society. The only real differences with his former works are that "The Monk" is a period film (the scene is set between the late 16th Century and the early 17th Century) and the first one made by the gifted French director outside France (it is filmed entirely in Almeria and Madrid, Spain), which only brings added value to his questioning : what more fertile soil is there indeed for evil to flourish than the cult of austerity and purity in a society permeated with religiosity? The strange thing is that "The Monk", with such potential assets, failed to draw large audiences as well as to get good reviews. Most critics even hammered the film, going as far as to call it a bomb. But is it really such a bad work? Personally, I do not think so. For sure, "The Monk" is not the masterpiece it could have been. Its main flaw may be that the film is too wise, more illustrative than really profound and unsettling (Ken Russell's 'The Devils", or even Stephen Frears's "Dangerous Liaisons", were much more troubling and inspired), but as it is, it does not deserve such rough treatment. The critics' excessive harshness may simply be due to expectations set too high and disappointed. For despite being too controlled, Dominik Moll's last effort IS a finely crafted film with beautiful, well-framed images (some, like Ambrosio preaching to his ravished congregation, even have the splendor of a Spanish painting of the time) , high quality sound design, and a very good (though occasionally a bit invading) score by Alberto Iglesias, well-chosen locations and a good cast. Brother Ambrosio, the Capuchin friar of the title, is aptly played by Vincent Cassel, who makes you believe throughout that he is this austere and uncompromising man of God who believes only in virtue and has no doubt he will remain safe from evil and lust. Also to be noted are Catherine Mouchet, moving as an ailing woman who suffers without losing her dignity, and young Camille Japy, whose presence in the role of the ingénue untouched by evil is refreshing.

When leaving the theater you may feel slightly frustrated for, yes, "The Monk" lacks a little intensity, but slightly only, as you will just have seen an interesting, well-made film. Not such a bad experience after all.

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