The Monk


From acclaimed filmmaker Dominik Moll (With a Friend like Harry) comes this dark, hallucinatory supernatural thriller adapted from Matthew G. Lewis’ frequently-banned (now cult) 1796 gothic novel. The Monk traces the scandalous and often shocking corruption of a 16th Century, pious Capuchin Monk. Abandoned at birth at the gates of a Capuchin monastery in Madrid, Brother Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan) is raised by the friars, and grows up into a preacher admired far and wide for his passionate fervor. Ambrosio is also feared for his extreme righteousness and believes he is immune from temptation – until the arrival of a mysterious apprentice undermines his convictions and leads him down a dangerous path of sin, corruption and murder. (Dir. by Dominik Moll, 2011, Spain/France, in French with subtitles, 101 mins., Rated R, ATO Releasing) Digital