Genre: Foreign Films
Director: Carlos Carrera - Mexican Director
Theatrical Release: 2002
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 120 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Gael Garcia Bernal (Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, AMORES PERROS) stars in EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO, a controversial drama that was a box office smash in its native Mexico. Directed by Carlos Carrera, the film tells the story of a young priest who succumbs to temptation and corruption. Father Amaro (Bernal) is a handsome 24-year-old who has recently been assigned to a new church in Los Reyes. Upon arrival, he discovers that his mentor, Father Benito (Sancho Garcia), is having an affair with a local restaurant owner, Sanjuanera (Angelica Aragon). At first shocked, Father Amaro soon finds himself in a moral predicament of his own. Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancon), Sanjuanera's 16-year-old daughter, is a gorgeous teenager who falls deeply in love with the tempted priest. Before long, Father Amaro and Amelia are entangled in a steamy relationship, further testing the young priest's moral fiber. Based on the classic Portuguese novel by Eca de Quieroz, Carrera's film is a scathing indictment of the hypocrisy and corruption that has plagued the Catholic church from its inception. As the confused and conflicted priest, Bernal delivers another magnetic performance, cementing his status as one of Mexico's hottest superstars.;
Vicente Lenero - Screenwriter
Alfredo Ripstein Jr. - Producer
Carlos Carrera - Mexican Director
Gael Garcia Bernal - Actor, AMORES PERROS (2000)
Guillermo Granillo - Director of Photography, SUCH IS LIFE (2001)
Ana Claudia Talancon - Actor, THE CRIME OF FATHER AMARO (2002)
Daniel Birman Ripstein - Producer, THE CRIME OF FATHER AMARO (2002)
Angelica Aragon - Actor, THE CRIME OF FATHER AMARO (2002)
Sancho Gracia - Actor, THE CRIME OF FATHER AMARO (2002)
Eca deQueiroz - Actor, THE CRIME OF FATHER AMARO (2002)
Rosino Serrano - Actor, THE CRIME OF FATHER AMARO (2002)
"...EL CRIMEN is surprisingly adept at conveying the sense of power and mystery the church has at its command, at showing the intensity of belief that ritual and mysticism can inspire..."
"...A potent drama....Bernal's performance is as stirring as a good sermon..."
"...Carlos Carrerra's low-key style and the cast's multifaceted performances keep the film on the level..."
"...Carrera keeps the film moving with quick cutting and a welcome refusal to linger over dramatic moments....He uses a full range of film techniques to hold the audience's attention..."
"...It's a cogent piece that works as both a rites-of-passage drama and an expose of the hypocrisy of the Church..."