The Crime Of Father Amaro (El Crimen Del Padre Amaro)


(out of 5)

A young priest prepares for his studies in Rome by presiding over a parish in a tiny Mexican town. He arrives with all sorts of lofty ideals, but is immediately ensconced by the corruption and hypocrisy of the more jaded church leaders who surround him. One priest is involved with local mobsters, while another supports guerilla fighters in the mountains. How long can he cling to what he loves most about his work before succumbing to the same temptations himself? Things get dicey when he falls in love with a local Sunday school teacher and endangers his vow of chastity. Based on a controversial 19th-century novel, this excellent drama updates the setting to present day without losing any of its possible power, and shows a critical examination of an institution that has never been without blame.

Mexico/Spain/Argentina/France, 2002

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals: TIFF 2002

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Academy Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film (Mexico)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film (Mexico)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Five Foreign Films

Goya Award Nomination
Best Spanish Language Foreign Film

Chicago Film Critics Award Nomination
Most Promising Performer (Gael Garcia Bernal)



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