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Gael García Bernal, Sancho Gracia, Ana C. Talancon
Region 1 - NTSC
Color, Widescreen, Dolby 5.1
- Rated: R
- Release Date:
Abr. 22, 2003
- Run Time: 120 min.
English, French, Spanish
2002 - Mexico / Spain / France / Argentina - 120 m.
Drama, Religious Drama, Melodrama.
- Themes: Crisis
of Conscience, Forbidden Love,
- Domestic Box Office:
- Theatrical Release Date:
Amaro, un joven de
24 años recién ordenado sacerdote, llega a la parroquia del pequeño pueblo
mejicano de Los Reyes para auxiliar en los servicios del templo al padre
Benito. En el pueblo, el padre Amaro conoce a Amelia, una hermosa muchacha de
16 años. Poco a poco, el joven sacerdote se va dando cuenta de cosas que
suceden en el pueblo relacionadas con los narcos de la región, encabezados por
El Chato Aguilar.
A priest discovers the path of
virtue can be steep, and temptation can demand a heavy price, in this
controversial drama from Mexico. Father Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal) is a young
Catholic priest whose mentor, the Bishop (Ernesto Gomez Cruz), expects great
things from him. However, like all priests, Amaro must first be assigned
where he is needed most, which leads him to the small rural community of Los
Reyes, where Amaro is to assist Father Benito (Sancho Gracia). To his shock,
Amaro discovers Benito is hardly following Holy Law — he's having an affair
with Sanjuanera (Angelica Aragon), a woman who runs a local restaurant, and
he's been helping a drug dealer launder his profits in exchange for large
donations to the church, which Benito feels is justified as the funds are
being used to build a hospital and orphanage for the poor.
Amaro is disgusted with Benito's
actions, but he soon discovers his own weaknesses when he falls in love with
Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancon), Sanjuanera's teenage daughter. As Amelia finds
herself falling for Amaro, she breaks off her relationship with Ruben (Andres
Montiel), a reporter. Ruben responds by publishing a story which reveals the
details of Benito's dealings with the drug dealers; Benito in turn tries to
lay the blame at the feet of noble Father Natalio (Damian Alcazar), whose
work with local peasants has been wrongly interpreted as supporting armed
revolutionary factions. As Amaro tries desperately to distance himself from
the growing scandal, he receives shocking news from Amelia when he learns
she's pregnant with his child.
The Crime of Father Amaro's portrayal of
corruption within the Catholic Church led to an outcry from Catholic
organizations, both in Mexico and the United States, where they attempted to
organize a boycott of the film. However, the tactic failed in Mexico, where
the controversy helped to boost ticket sales, making it the highest-grossing
Mexican film ever in its native country.