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THE CRIME OF FATHER AMARO

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El Crimen del Padre Amaro

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
120 minutes
Limited Release Date:
11/15/02
performer:
Gael García Bernal, Angelica Aragon, Sancho Gracia, Ana Claudia Talancon
director:
Carlos Carrera
distributor:
Samuel Goldwyn Films
author:
Vicente Lenero
genre:
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it a B

Based on an 1875 novel but set in present-day Mexico, director Carlos Carrera’s best-foreign-film Oscar nominee is a potent drama about a seemingly saintly priest (Y Tu Mama Tambien’s Bernal) who has a torrid affair with a 16-year-old parishioner (Talancon). Since the actress is even prettier than Bernal, it’s not hard to imagine that a young priest would have trouble resisting her. Crime borders on soap opera, and like most sudsers it occasionally drags, but Bernal’s performance is as stirring as a good sermon — and a whole lot sexier.

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