Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.

Director:

Carlos Carrera

Writers:

Vicente Leñero, Eça de Queirós (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gael García Bernal ... Padre Amaro
Ana Claudia Talancón ... Amelia
Sancho Gracia ... Padre Benito Díaz
Angélica Aragón ... Augustina Sanjuanera
Luisa Huertas ... Dionisia
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Obispo
Gastón Melo Gastón Melo ... Martín
Andrés Montiel ... Rubén de la Rosa
Damián Alcázar ... Padre Natalio Pérez
Gerardo Moscoso Gerardo Moscoso ... Doc
Alfredo Gonzáles Alfredo Gonzáles ... Viejo / Old Man
Verónica Langer ... Amparito
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Presidente Municipal Gordo (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Lorenzo de Rodas ... Don Paco de la Rosa
Roger Nevares ... Padre Galván
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Storyline

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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no nos dejes caer en la tentacion... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

If anyone consider this story as controversial in 2002, simply imagine when the Portuguese writer Eça de Queirós published it in 1875. Flat into the 19th Century in one of the most Catholic Countries in Latin America. It was a social scandal a "cultural" revolution mixed in the pages of the book. See more »

Goofs

Amaro gets beaten up by Ruben and receives some bruises in his face. A little later, when he meets Amelia in the church, the bruises are gone. See more »

Quotes

Father Amaro: Tell me your sins, child.
Amelia: You already know them. And your sins?
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Crazy Credits

"In memoriam Paco Rabal" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Y Solamente Tú
Written and Performed by David Olivarez
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What it had to say...
4 December 2005 | by soul_scionSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie, not because it was gripping or exciting, but because of what it had to say.

I'm not completely aware of everything to do with the Catholic Church, but the controversy in this movie is a necessary one.

I've never seen a Gael Garcia movie before and I thought this was good. The most powerful part of the movie is what it leaves you with - the message at the end; the themes of confession, of sin, of mistakes, of being human.

If you can't watch something that is quite slow and is not edge of the seat stuff, then forget it. Even the music isn't very memorable. But the movie stuck in my mind.


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Country:

Mexico | Spain | Argentina | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crime of Padre Amaro See more »

Filming Locations:

Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$504,681, 17 November 2002

Gross USA:

$5,717,044

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,996,738
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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