What do you get when you mix together; awesome acting, sensational scenery, and a controversial storyline...then throw in a pinch of pride, a cup of corruption, a tablespoon of tragedy, and a liter of lust?? You have the spicy dish of a movie, The Crime Of Padre Amaro.
Father Amaro, Gael Garcia Bernal, is a young priest sent to work in the small Mexican town of Los Reyes. Once there, he soon finds himself drawn to beautiful 16 year old waitress Amelia, Ana Claudia Talancón.
We can see Father Amaro's slide into temptation, and right away we know what is going to happen. There is no rope for him to grab onto, and frankly we wouldn't want to throw him the rope if we could. However, there is no forseeing the path he ultimately chooses to walk which, unfortuanely, includes a lifetime stroll down redemption lane.
There is no surprise that this sensational Mexican film was nominated as Best Foreign Language Film in 2002 by the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. The official FFG rating of this movie is a 10.