The Crime of Father Amaro

on August 16, 2002 by Susan Green
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The clergy is in crisis these days, but “The Crime of Father Amaro” doesn't address pedophilia. Carlos Carrera's intriguing film is based on an 1875 Portuguese novel, yet the subject matter--questioning heterosexual celibacy for priests--still resonates. Soon after handsome Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal, one of the lusty teens in “Y Tu Mama Tambien”) reports for duty in a Mexican village, he sleeps with the devout Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancon). Her mother (Angelica Aragon) is similarly involved with the senior padre (Sancho Gracia), who takes money from a drug lord to build a clinic. A third cleric (Damian Alcazar) may be helping the guerrillas.

The townspeople's many secrets are unearthed by a cub reporter (Andres Montiel), but he cannot fight city hall or the church. The ambitious Amaro, dogged by a sort of voodoo witch (Luisa Huertes), never allows guilt to get in his way. He's got immortal souls to save. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancon, Sancho Gracia, Damian Alcazar, Luisa Huertes, Andres Montiel and Angelica Aragon. Directed by Carlos Carrera. Written by Vincente Lenero. Produced by Alfredo Ripstein and Daniel Birman Ripstein. A Goldwyn release. Drama. Spanish-language; subtitled. Rated R for sexuality, language and some disturbing images. Running time: 118 min.

Tags: Gael Garcia Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancon, Sancho Gracia, Damian Alcazar, Luisa Huertes, Andres Montiel and Angelica Aragon. Directed by Carlos Carrera. Written by Vincente Lenero. Produced by Alfredo Ripstein and Daniel Birman Ripstein. A Goldwyn release, heterosexual, drug, reporter, church
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