Recently ordained a priest, 24-year-old Father Amaro is sent to a small parish church in Los Reyes, Mexico to assist the aging Father Benito in his daily work. Benito--for years a fixture in the church as well as the community--welcomes Father Amaro into a new life of unseen challenges. Upon arriving in Los Reyes, the ambitious Father Amaro meets Amelia, a beautiful 16-year-old girl whose religious devotion soon becomes helplessly entangles in a growing attraction to the new priest. Amelia is quickly following into the footsteps of her mother, Sanjuanera, who has been engaged in a long-time affair with Father Benito. Amaro soon discovers that corruption and the Church are old acquaintances in Los Reyes. Father Benito has been receiving financial help from the region's drug lord for the construction of a new health clinic. As well, another priest in the diocese, Father Natalio, is suspected of assisting guerilla troops in the highlands. Maenwhile, Amelia and Father Amaro have fallen in...
Sujit R. Varma
One of the most controversial films ever made
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13 December 2002 (USA)
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Also Known As:
The Crime of Padre Amaro
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Opening Weekend: €429,915
10 November 2002, Limited Release
Opening Weekend USA: $496,290,
17 November 2002, Limited Release
Gross USA: $5,709,616, 6 April 2003
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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This movie began creating controversy even before it was released. Several groups, most of them related to the church, tried to ban it. They did not succeed; instead, tickets were sold out on opening weekend. See more
When Amaro is carrying Amelia out of the clinic and into the car, the old man who opens the car door and holds it for Amaro slams the car door into the camera, which looses its orientation for a while - and there even is a sound. See more
Tell me your sins, child.
You already know them. And your sins?
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Piano Concert No. 5, Adagio Un Poco Mosso
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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