“Bernal creates a stunningly real, three-dimensional
character study through his detailed portrayal of Father Amaro’s
struggles with the Church’s demands and with his inner passions….
Carrera’s sharp morality tale follows these well-developed, conflicted
characters through to the final consequences of their actions.” -
Toronto International Film Festival
Newly ordained Father Amaro is sent to a small parish to assist the
aging Father Benito, and gain field experience before his transfer
The ambitious young Padre meets Amelia, a beautiful young girl whose
religious devotion develops into a growing attraction to the young
Priest. Amaro soon discovers that Amelia’s mother, Sanjuanera,
has been in a relationship with Father Benito for years, and that Benito
to both criminal and radical political leaders in the small community.
Based on the 19th century Portuguese classic O Crime do Padre Amaro,
the novel’s daring mix of anti-clericism and romantic emotiveness
took more than 30 years to finally reach the screen. Acclaimed director
Carlos Carrera shifts the tale to the present day and sets it in the
small Mexican town of Los Reyes. Father Amaro is played by Gael García
Bernal, the Latin American superstar best known to international audiences
for his work in the Oscar™-nominated Amores Perros, and Alfonso
Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien.
The film was a 2003 Golden Globe Nominee for Best Foreign Language
Film, and the National Board of Review named it one of the top five
language films of 2002, and it is currently nominated for the Academy Award.
This film contains coarse language and sexual content.