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El crimen del padre Amaro (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  16 August 2002 (Mexico)
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Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.

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Amelia
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Angélica Aragón ...
Luisa Huertas ...
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Martín
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Rubén de la Rosa
Gerardo Moscoso ...
Doc
Alfredo Gonzáles ...
Viejo / Old Man
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Amparito
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Presidente Municipal Gordo (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Lorenzo de Rodas ...
Don Paco de la Rosa
Roger Nevares ...
Padre Galván
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Recently ordained a priest, 24-year-old Father Amaro is sent to a small parish church in Los Reyes, Mexico to assist the aging Father Benito in his daily work. Benito--for years a fixture in the church as well as the community--welcomes Father Amaro into a new life of unseen challenges. Upon arriving in Los Reyes, the ambitious Father Amaro meets Amelia, a beautiful 16-year-old girl whose religious devotion soon becomes helplessly entangles in a growing attraction to the new priest. Amelia is quickly following into the footsteps of her mother, Sanjuanera, who has been engaged in a long-time affair with Father Benito. Amaro soon discovers that corruption and the Church are old acquaintances in Los Reyes. Father Benito has been receiving financial help from the region's drug lord for the construction of a new health clinic. As well, another priest in the diocese, Father Natalio, is suspected of assisting guerilla troops in the highlands. Maenwhile, Amelia and Father Amaro have fallen in... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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priest | church | mexico | politics | love | See All (182) »

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Rated R for sexuality, language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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The Crime of Padre Amaro  »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$496,290 (USA) (15 November 2002)

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$5,709,616 (USA) (4 April 2003)
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This movie is based on the 1875 novel of the same name by 'Eça De Queiroz'. See more »

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When Amaro is carrying Amelia out of the clinic and into the car, the old man who opens the car door and holds it for Amaro slams the car door into the camera, which looses its orientation for a while - and there even is a sound. See more »

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The Mayor: I rule for my people, not for my party.
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"In memoriam Paco Rabal" See more »

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Manipulative melodrama
2 March 2003 | by (Vancouver, B.C.) – See all my reviews

Based on an 1875 Portuguese novel by Eca de Quieros, The Crime of Father Amaro, the new film from director Carlos Carrera, has been updated to modern Mexico. As it opens, Father Amaro (Gael García Bernal) comes to Las Reyes for his first assignment. He starts out as an idealist, showing kindness to a fellow bus passenger whose money is stolen during a holdup, but when he arrives at the parish, he quickly caves in to the established order.

Father Benito (Sancho Gracia) is his superior, and his main project is the building of a hospital, orphanage, and rest home. It is soon learned that Benito is having an affair with a local café proprietor Sanjuanera (Angélica Aragón) and has taken money from the area's major drug lord to finance the hospital. Benito is also a vocal opponent of the "good" priest, Father Natalio (Damían Alcázar) whose support of the peasants and their guerilla revolution stirs resentment from the church hierarchy.

When a reporter for the local paper is given photographs of Father Benito at a baptism with the drug kingpin, he writes an article alleging that the hospital is a front for laundering drug money. The bishop urges Father Amaro to write a rebuttal (i.e., a cover-up) in the paper saying that the funds came only from the church. Amaro then has an affair with the reporter's ex-girlfriend, Sanjuanera's young daughter Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancón), and in an awkward scene, the priest drapes her in a blue robe that has been designed for the local church's statue of the Virgin Mary. "You're more beautiful than the blessed virgin," he tells her. The result of this liaison is a scandal that rocks the church.

The Catholic Church has called for a boycott of The Crime of Father Amaro on religious grounds. Personally, I'm more concerned with its artistic transgressions. The film provides little insight into the conflicting pressures that priests face in today's world, and the characters are shallow and uninteresting. Given recent headlines about sexual abuse, this issue could have been the focus for an important film, but Carrera hits us over the head with his message so often that the film ends up as manipulative melodrama, light years away from the subtle ironic thrusts of a Buñuelian sword.


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