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.