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The Monk

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Not the detective but an actual monk.

You don't cast Vincent Cassel as a devout monk unless he’s headed for a serious fall.

So it goes in Dominik Moll’s arty ecclesiastical horror, as visitations tempt Cassel into Obi Wan-dering with his Kenobi out.

Despite the stylish, authentically weird atmosphere, Moll’s ambitions for the source material – a once-scandalous 18th-Century Gothic novel – can’t help but translate into a generic splice of The Name Of The Rose and The Ninth Gate.

It might have worked better played for laughs – Moll’s uncertain tone is neither creepy nor darkly comic enough.

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