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The Monk [DVD]

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  • Actors: Vincent Cassel, Deborah Francois, Sergi Lopez
  • Directors: Dominik Moll
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug. 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008DL4HZM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Directed by Dominik Moll (Lemming / Harry He's Here To Help), THE MONK is a sumptuous adaptation of the eponymous cult classic Gothic novel which follows the rise and fall of a Capuchin Monk in 17th century Madrid.
Abandoned as a baby on the steps of a monastery and raised in strict Capuchin fashion, Ambrosio has become the most famous preacher in the country. While large crowds from all over the country come to hear his mesmerizing sermons, he's also bitterly envied for his success by certain fellow monks.
Convinced of his virtue and righteousness, Brother Ambrosio thinks he is immune to temptation until obscure events start terrorizing the monastery. Could they be connected to the unexpected arrival of Valerio, an apprentice monk who has the miraculous gift to relieve Ambrosio's splitting headaches and hides his disfigured face under a wax mask?

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The Monk is a French horror film. I'm not sure about the comparison to 'The Woman in Black' on the cover, yes this is a superior film, but it's also a very different film. This is a more contemplative horror film, in fact it wasn't until the film had finished that I made some of the connections.

The story concerns a monk, who as a baby was left on the doorstep of a monastery. He grows up with the monks and when he comes of age joins the order. He becomes known as a pious man whose sermons are famed for their eloquence and faith.

At its heart this is a Faustian tale that deals with temptation in the context of religious experience. That is one of it's more interesting aspects. Most horror films have religious tones or aspects, but this deals with the experience of faith and it's consequences.

I found a few of threads of the film predicatable, but some also surprised me, although when I thought about it the signs were there to see. I like that in a film, it lets you think about what it's telling you. Overall this is an interesting and intelligent horror film, well worth watching.
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Vincent Cassell is excellent as the tormented monk in this adaptation of Matthew Lewis's novella.
Absolutely Gothically beautiful and a stunning visual feast.
Loved the shot of the religious procession with the image of the Virgin staring up at the room where atrocities were being committed.
A magnificent effort imo.
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I'm collecting info for an updated dramatisation of Lewis's original book which includes looking at other versions. The plays and films I've seen so far have missed the mark. This is a more thoughtful version than the rest, but the tone is too reverential, and it also misses. I don't think the book can be adapted without drastic re-thinking.
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Vincent Cassel plays a 16th century monk Ambrosio. He was abandoned at the monastery as a mere baby on a stormy night and the brothers took him in as one of their own and raised him to serve God. He grows up to be feared and respected in equal measure and word of his faith and high spirituality spread far and wide bringing fame and money to the monastery.

Then a mysterious man turns up who has suffered disfigurement and asks to become a novice - but is he all he seems to be? Ambrosio is also haunted by a recurring dream and severe migraines all of which could be a sign from on high. Add to the mix the local goings on and the local nunnery and you have a potential mix of religious zeal gone slightly too far in the closeted world of 16th century Spain.

This is a mesmerising film which throws so much into the mix that I was shocked on a couple of occasions. The period detail is fantastic and the locations are stupendous. This is one of those films that just gets under your skin and takes you along for a very dark but rewarding ride indeed.

Excellent performances all round and the cinematography is both subtle and impressive with a score that adds the right amount of `mood' without being over dramatic. Although set in Spain this is a French production with quite good subtitles. Cassel is always good and this is a film that showcases his talent perfectly - absolutely recommended.
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The Monk was aGothic Romance published by Matthew Lewis in 1796. It was quite a sensation in its day, attracting some accusations of blasphemy, but is overly complex, melodramatic and hasn't aged as well as, say, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The film version takes some of the story's key elements and creates a slow, brooding sense of doom surrounding its titular protagonist and those who come into contact with him. Brother Ambrosio (the always impressive Vincent Cassel) is famous for his sermons and people visit his Monastery in Castille from far and wide to hear him preach. He tells them that we are all hanging by a thread over the jaws of Hell. There's more than a sense of the sin of pride about the pious Brother and this is all the Devil needs to tempt him. The film starts with Ambrosio hearing a lurid confession of incest from a man and telling him that "Satan has only the power we give him". That's throwing down a challenge and no mistake. The monastery then takes in a mysterious masked novice, Valerio,on Ambrosio's advice while Ambrosio himself suffers a strange recurring dream and migraines that only Valerio can relieve. The blurb on the DVD jacket rather sensationally bigs this slight horror up (there's no scenes of horror at all really), but it is visually arresting, often creepy and worth watching for the sun-bleached Spanish countryside, the frequent close-ups of Cassel's increasingly gaunt face, and an extraordinary candlelit night-time procession through the town. Ambrosio's fall from grace is slow and inevitable, held together by Cassel's tortured Monk. It is, essentially, a sort of top-drawer Hammer Horror in French, with a touch of The Exorcist thrown in for good measure.Read more ›
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I love this film. For some weird reason, the review blurbs on the cover seem to think it's a horror film. No it's not! It's a complex psychological exploration of the tortured spirit of a 'man of God'. The sense of another historical time and place is conveyed convincingly, the imagery is stunning and the atmosphere is heavy with impending doom. Vincent Cassel is excellent as The Monk. Recommended.
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