Crime of Father Amaro, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Corrosive Mexican drama in which an initially idealistic rural priest (Gael Garcia Bernal), after realizing his complacent pastor (Sancho Garcia) is sleeping with the cook, begins a passionate affair with the cook's teen-age daughter (Ana Claudia Talancon), impregnates her and then pressures her to have a disastrous abortion. Director Carlos Carrera paints a vicious portrait of rampant priestly corruption including a mendacious bishop who excommunicates an earnest priest working with peasants and rebels, but the shallow characterizations only underline the film's biased perspective. Subtitles. Desecration of the Eucharist, depiction of priests breaking vows of chastity and accepting drug monies, a sexual encounter with fleeting nudity, an abortion, brief violence and intermittent rough language. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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