The Crime of Father Amaro

The Crime of Father Amaro
The Crime of Father Amaro
  • R
  • 1h 59m
  • 2002
Fresh61%
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Stars Gael Garcia (Amores Perros) as the title character. He's a newly ordained priest sent to work in a small church community in Mexico by the Bishop. He arrives wide eyed and full of optimism hoping to serve God and his parish, however, he quickly butts heads with the elder priest in charge, Father Benito. Benito is known to accept drug money from the local drug lord in order to subsidise the construction of a new hospital and in addition is carrying on an affair with a local woman. To complicate matters, father Amaro soon finds himself in a love affair with the young Sunday school teacher. After a newspaper report, linking the drug lords with the Church, is published, Father Amaro is then trying to cover up and mend the public relations fiasco. Amaro has also been asked by the Bishop to reign in the renegade priest who has affiliations with guerrilla soldiers. Needless to say, moral dilemmas abound and Father Amaro's idealism is put to the test by personal, political and church pressures.
© 2002 Alameda Films, Wanda Vision, Blu Films and Foprocine. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh61%
Critics Consensus: Though melodramatic, El Crimen del Padre Amaro's critique of the Catholic church is a timely one.
Reviews
BBC.com
Neil Smith
Fresh

June 17, 2017
Globe and Mail
Fresh

It's not hard to see why Mexican audiences are lapping this up.

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Ann Hornaday
Fresh

A lurid but timeless reminder that the bureaucracies and regulations of organized religion have no...

June 17, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:August 16, 2002
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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