• The Crime of Father Amaro (2002)

The Crime of Father Amaro

Release Date: November 15th, 2002

R |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

Father Amaro (Gael García Bernal), a young Roman Catholic priest, is a new arrival in a small Mexican town. Assigned to help the older Father Benito (Sancho Gracia), Amaro gradually discovers that his elder is not only involved in an affair, but also building a hospital with help from a local drug czar. Struggling with temptation and sin in his own right, Amaro begins a romance with Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancón), a beautiful teen who dotes on him -- but the relationship has dire consequences.

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Sancho Gracia, Ana Claudia Talancón, Damián Alcázar, Angélica Aragón, Luisa Huertas, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Pedro Armendáriz Jr.

Director: Carlos Carrera

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Wanda Films S.L., Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

Distributors: Samuel Goldwyn Company

Keywords: Forbidden love, Brooding, Small town, 2000s, Temptation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Excellent acting, intelligent screenwriting, and dynamic filmmaking give this Mexican production a forceful emotional and intellectual charge. show more

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A feverish melodrama about an idealist who, in following his heart and his bishop's orders, leads himself into temptation and his parish into hypocrisy. show more

  • 88
    Wesley MorrisBoston Globe

    Bernal, with his sweet man-boy looks, makes Padre Amaro's portrait of corruption all the more flabbergasting in its irony. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Foreign Language Film