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The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)

El crimen del Padre Amaro (original title)
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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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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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One of the most controversial films ever made 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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In 2002, this film became the highest-grossing Mexican film of all time (at Mexico's domestic box office), when it surpassed previous record holder, Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (1999), with a total gross of US$ 16.3 million. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Padre Benito: That I told you? Really?
Augustina Sanjuanera: That you told me.
Padre Benito: I hope God agrees with it.
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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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When Sensuality and Spirituality Combine Passions
19 January 2008 | by Author_Poet_AberjhaniSee all my reviews

The release of the film THE CRIME OF PADRE AMARO caused about as much of an uproar in Mexico in 2002 as the publication of the novel, written by Jose Maria Eca de Queiroz, caused in 1875. With its dangerously intertwining themes of spiritual ecstasy and sexual passion, it's not hard to see why. At the heart of the story is a young priest who wrestles in a major way with the tempting hungers of his body and the grace-filled yearnings of his spirit. It does not help that, to pursue his vocation, he is sent to a town sustained by a culture of corruption.

One thing actor Gael Garcia Bernal does not know how to do is give a bad performance, and in the movie's title role he captures brilliantly all the agonizing ambiguity that comes with being a young adult male intent on asserting his masculinity while also serving the spiritual needs of his community. Unfortunately, his happily deluded demeanor meets with an equally intense personality in the form of Amelia, a devout young devotee acted with mesmerizing perfection by the gorgeous Ana Claudia Talancon. Amelia idolizes the young priest as a true and noble holy man whose sexuality is made sacred by his presumably pure soul. He in turn dares to drape her in a cape reserved for representations of the Madonna and recites to her from Solomon's "Song of Songs" as they seduce each other. Controversial? Better believe it.

As in the film THE HEALER (please see companion review) "The Crime of Padre Amaro" depicts sexuality and spirituality as equally powerful forces of attraction capable of producing very different results, which will not be revealed here. The outcome in "The Crime of Padre Amaro" is shocking in more ways than one and well worth contemplating for a long time.

by Author-Poet Aberjhani, author of "Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World"


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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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