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The Penitent (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | 27 May 1988 (USA)
Tension between a jealous husband, his wife who's attracted to his friend and the friend is rising as their small, deeply catholic, Mexican village is deciding who will be Christ during the possibly dangerous reenactment of the Crucifixion.

Director:

Cliff Osmond

Writer:

Cliff Osmond
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Cast

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Raul Julia ... Ramon Guerola
Armand Assante ... Juan Mateo
Rona De Ricci ... Celia Guerola (as Rona Freed)
Julie Carmen ... Corina
Lucy Reina Lucy Reina ... Margarita
Eduardo López Rojas Eduardo López Rojas ... Mayor
José González Rodríguez José González Rodríguez ... Rezador
Paco Mauri Paco Mauri ... Pitero (as Francisco Mauri)
Justo Martínez ... Enfermero
Enrique Novi ... Jose
Valentina Hernandez Valentina Hernandez ... Dolo
Martin LaSalle ... Miguel
José Antonio Estrada José Antonio Estrada ... Tomas
Juana Molinero Juana Molinero ... Ramon's Mother
José Chávez José Chávez ... Old Man (as Jose Chavez Trowe)
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Tension between a jealous husband, his wife who's attracted to his friend and the friend is rising as their small, deeply catholic, Mexican village is deciding who will be Christ during the possibly dangerous reenactment of the Crucifixion.

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Drama

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Directorial debut for actor Cliff Osmond. See more »

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How an American film can challenge the European métier.
3 May 2002 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

In many hamlets within southern Colorado, New Mexico and northern Mexico, a cult of Roman Catholic flagellants, Penitente, is active, its rites culminating each year just before Easter as one of the members from each village is chosen by lot to be crucified in the manner of Christ, and this exceptional film interlaces actions occurring from its scenario with this pious event. Raul Julia portrays Ramon Guerola, a devout penitent whose young bride Celia (Rona Freed) remains a virgin because of fear, but who is strongly attracted to Ramon's lifelong friend Juan Mateo (Armand Assante), newly released from prison and now visiting his compadre, and a romantic conflict which arises over Celia will be decided at last upon the cross. This is actor and acting teacher Cliff Osmond's only film as director, and it is simply splendid in every respect, with his screenplay spare and dramatically nuanced, and actors as strongly idiosyncratic as Julia and Assante being skillfully guided; a salutary score is contributed by Alex North and the work is deftly edited by Peter Taylor.


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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1988 (USA) See more »

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The Penitent See more »

Filming Locations:

Pozos, Guanajuato, Mexico

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color
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