The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance

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Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.




  • Father Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal) & Dionisia (Luisa Huertas)
  • Father Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal) & Father Natalio (Damian Alcazar)
  • Gael García Bernal and Ana Claudia Talancón in The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)
  • Father Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal) & Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancon)
  • Father Amaro
  • Father Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal) & Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancon)

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21 August 2002 | McHuevo
Oh... my... god...
This is, without a doubt, the most controversial mexican film ever. I don't know if people from around the world will understand the impact it had here in Mexico, but here are some hints: a) almost everybody in Mexico is catholic, b) Mexican catholics have an enormous respect for priests.

So, imagine the chaos when a film is about a priest, Father Amaro (García Bernal), who falls in love with a teenage girl (Talancón) and is under the supervision of the local priest, Father Benito (Gracia), who is involved with one of the most wanted drug dealers in the country. And it gets better.

Nevertheless, the film does not criticize the catholic religion; it criticizes people, wether they're in a robe or not (as always, there's a lot of jabs to mexican politics too). "El crimen del padre Amaro" is a movie about human flaws and passions. Passion for a woman, passion for justice, passion for success; even passion for a religion.

Another plus is the performance of each and everyone of the cast members. Everybody is in character and brings to life a great plot. You can't help but thinking "Oh my, now how are they going to get out of this one?".

This one is a must-see. Remember: have an open mind, it's just a (very good) movie.

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Release Date:

13 December 2002



Country of Origin

Mexico, Spain, Argentina, France

Filming Locations

Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico

Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$504,681 17 November 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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