Le moine (The Monk) (2013)
Le moine (The Monk) (2013)
Critic Consensus: Visually sharp but only occasionally gripping, The Monk is still watchable thanks in part to Vincent Cassel's charismatic performance.
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as Capucin Ambrosio
as Le débauché
as Père Miguel
as Soeur Agnès
as Frère Andrés
as Brother Iago
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Critic Reviews for Le moine (The Monk)
A work whose elegant atmospherics ultimately overwhelm the story, even with the terrific Vincent Cassel in the title role.
What repulsed Coleridge in the novel clearly amuses the French director Dominik Moll in his diverting if somewhat thin adaptation.
By the end, "The Monk" has revealed itself to be a too- predictable potboiler, served piping hot.
If only director Dominik Moll (who has clearly studied his Luis Buñuel) had not staged this bitter psychological horror story at half speed.
A beautiful-looking film that portends disaster. And disaster arrives, eventually. It just takes its time getting there.
Audience Reviews for Le moine (The Monk)
Can someone please tell me what this Movie actually was all about? Honestly I really didnt catch a thing. Was it a drama? A Horror? A Moral thing? Oh well I didnt bother to go on watching after 30 minutes.
In "The Monk," Ambrosio(Vincent Cassel) is dropped off as a baby on the steps of a monastery in Spain. Even as he grows, he shows no signs of wanting to live in the outside world, continuing his studies to the point where he becomes one of the order. Eventually, he comes to lead the order, with people coming from all over to hear his sermons. His duties also include leaving a wayward nun to her unpleasant fate and taking in a young man who wears a mask to hide his scarred features.
Consider the lurid and gothic source material for this adaptation of "The Monk," it is strange that the film makers decided to go for as straight an approach as possible which only results in a flat and unimaginative movie. They might have had the right idea by casting Vincent Cassel in the lead, if you do not consider that he is the last actor imaginable for a character that could best be called holier than thou. That's not to mention the movie's slack pacing, especially as it involves a key subplot being introduced much too early.
Dominik Moll's French film "Le Monde" uses classic art house filmmaking that is a nuanced and haunting vision to the gothic novel featuring a strong performace by Vincent Cassels. If it had been told even more in depth to develop a character study, this might have been a step closer to being a classic.
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