The Crime of Padre Amaro


This Mexican box-office success takes a look at how a corrupt environment corrupts even basically good individuals. A young ambitious Catholic priest is sent to a small town, to work under the aging local priest, and to deal with the corruption that is rife there. Initially he is a paragon of virtue, but his ambition leads him to turn a blind eye to some of the goings-on in the parish. Soon, he finds himself involved with a pretty young thing, which further hastens his slide down the slippery slope...
Spanish with English subtitles.

118 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Violence, Sex) .
Drama, Romance
Not every thing you think is a sin is actually a sin...
Not every thing you think is a sin is actually a sin...

Credits

Cast
Gael García Bernal, Sancho Gracia, Ana Claudia Talancón, Damián Alcázar, Angélica Aragón
Director
Carlos Carrera
ScreenplayVicente Leñero, from the novel by Eça de Queirós
MusicRosino Serrano
CinematographyGuillermo Granillo
Sound formatsDolby Digital
Made in2002
Produced byA consortium of Mexican, Spanish and Argentinian companies

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

The Moviesite
Ian Douglas
14
Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
15
The Star
Wesley Morris
14
Die Burger
Francois Smith
10
Tygerburger
Mariana Malan
10
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
15

What the People say

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484 Netizens
15

Average .. 68%

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Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Interesting examination of the *process* of corruption. This version is set in the Catholic church and shows most people up as hypocrites, but I suppose it could be set within any power structure and produce similar effects.






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