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The Monk

DVD - 2013
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Adapted from a cult gothic novel, The Monk follows the tragic destiny of Brother Ambrosio in 17th century Catholic Spain. Abandoned at birth at the gates of a monastery and raised by the friars, he has become a preacher admired far and wide for his fervor and feared for his righteousness. Steadfast in his extreme rigor and absolute virtue he believes he is immune to temptation. But the arrival of a mysterious apprentice undermines his convictions, leading him down the path of sin.
Publisher: [Montreal] : Metropole, c2013
Branch Call Number: FRE MOVIE MOI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Monk


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Feb 23, 2019

Picked this up on the strength of Vincent Cassel, who is always -- or almost always -- a good bet. Alas, this was one of the 'almost' times. There is a single, truthful moral lesson delivered in this overlong struggle with temptation: we get it at the start and again at the end. But, boy, do we have to slog through some heavy weather in between.

Feb 27, 2017

Based on the lurid 18th century novel of monk and nun shenanigans, The Monk has been made into a straightforward melodrama, which frankly turned out a lot better than expected. Its style is visually striking and similar to silent films of the 1920s. It might have been better if the director had played up the Gothic more, but what there is is enjoyable. I suspect there may have been cuts to the sex scenes -- the editing is sometimes abrupt. An extra star for Vincent Cassel, who gives a touching performance. Some scenes are made just by the expression on his face.

Aug 23, 2016

Oh those soothing contradictions and colourful psychoses we refer to as “religious faith” do make for some grand cinema and in the hands of director/writer Dominik Moll this adaptation of Matthew Lewis’ scandalous 18th century novel is a veritable smorgasbord of Catholic angst—bursts of sunlight segue into utter blackness, statues of saints seem frozen in mid-scream, and a tempestuous whirlwind ruffles the pages of a bible while snuffing out votive candles meant to honour the Blessed Virgin. No stranger to psychodrama (see "With a Friend Like Harry…") Moll uses church pageantry and scriptural verse to represent his protagonist’s floundering battle with temptation as a procession of the faithful comes to resemble a pagan ritual and the innocent reciting of a devotional psalm becomes a pornographic incantation. Filmed in dry shades of rust and ochre in a biblical landscape of barren rock, Moll uses some clever old-style camerawork—a face in a crowd receives extra illumination, scenes iris in and out like in a silent film—almost as if to remind us that what we are watching is sacred melodrama of the highest order and if we spend too much time pondering its deep spiritual implications we will surely miss the knife edge of humour hidden up its sleeve. Blasphemy rarely comes sweeter.

Mar 16, 2015

Found this intriguing gem in the Foreign section of the DVDs and watched it twice - not caring if the film was in French with English subtitles. A very interesting gothic/drama about a priest who thinks he's above and safe from temptation until he meets a young novice monk named Valerio who joins the brotherhood. However is this mysterious masked novice all that he appears to be ...or the evil temptation working within to bring down this virtuous monk?

Dec 30, 2014

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...

Dec 29, 2014

J'ai adoré ce film, l'atmosphère pleine de mystère et un mysticisme envoûtant. Le jeu de Vincent Cassel est plus qu'excellent avec une très bonne illustration de l'hypocrisie de cette époque. Le lieu de tournage est très authentique, aucun décor à la sauvette. À ne pas rater!

teddypawz Oct 12, 2014

Just as described. Creepy most of the times. I found this to be watchable.

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