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El Crimen del Padre Amaro

  • Drama
  • 2002
  • Carlos Carrera
  • 113 mins
  • 15

Summary

Premiere. A Catholic priest is sent to a needy, isolated village to help the resident padre, and is appalled when he discovers the cleric is having an affair with a local woman and is helping drug dealers to launder their profits. But it is not long before the temptations of the flesh prove too much for the younger man as well, with shocking results. Mexican drama, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Sancho Gracia.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Highly controversial - and commercially successful - in its native Mexico, this tale of a young Catholic priest who's led into temptation during his new countryside posting, has photogenic appeal if limited depth thanks to its soap-opera level script. Gael García Bernal (an international star following excellent performances in Amores Perros and Y Tu Mamá También) has narrow scope for characterisation as the lustful priest, but the powerful finale does reveal a tougher side to his amiable personality. Although Bernal's union with attractive churchgoer Ana Claudia Talancón is the film's primary concern, the eccentric supporting characters within the small, scandal-ridden community and the exposé of political corruption within the town are what really fuel the story, as, overall, the film lacks the cinematic skill required to justify its rather generous nomination for best foreign film.

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Credits

Cast

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Father AmaroGael García Bernal
Father BenitoSancho Gracia
AmeliaAna Claudia Talancón
SanjuaneraAngélica Aragón
DionisiaLuisa Huertas
Father NatalioDamián Alcázar
BishopErnesto Gómez Cruz
Municipal presidentPedro Armendáriz Jr

Crew

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DirectorCarlos Carrera

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2003-06-20
Languages
Spanish
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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