El Crimen Del Padre Amaro details
|Starring:||Pedro Armendariz Jr., Angelica Aragon, Gael Garcia Bernal, Sancho Gracia, Ana Claudia Talancon|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
El Crimen Del Padre Amaro
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Oct 2003|
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Pass the guacamole, Pablo, I'm boredBy nicola6 from Cambridgeshire , 07 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I wanted to like this film, I really did. Id like to see myself as being the sort of person who enjoys sophisticated Mexican movies on a Saturday evening, and then discusses them afterwards, using sophisticated phrases like subtly complex characterization, and celebrating outstanding cinematography. Id like to be known for my sensitive taste in Spanish language poetry and my innate sympathy for the rich tapestry of life in Catholic Central America.
And I was doing quite well too. As the movie opened with a dramatic juxtaposition of the criminality and beauty of small-town Mexican life, I settled down, opened my first packet of Mexican Salsa Doritos and idly thought about having another stab at reading Mario Vargas Llosa over the weekend. But theres something slightly numbing about a long film in which surprisingly little actually happens. And when you spend the last half hour hoping that everyone will vacate the screen sharpish and give the credits a chance to get rolling, you realise that your aspirational Hispanophilia may have to wait for a while longer.
Dont get me wrong, theres some subtly complex characterization here, especially of the principal character, and its beautifully shot. But it all just seems a bit boring. Sigh. Back to reality then.
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Bless me father for I have sinned ... and how.By Oldbloke (349 reviews) from Sidmouth , 16 Feb 2012Newly ordained ambitious young catholic priest is sent to a small Mexican town where he witness first hand how the church beds down quite literally with members of the congregation and uses corrupt politicians and drug barons to further it's own ends. Unwittingly, he becomes a puppet of the bishop, issuing denials of wrong doing and ostracising a priest he knows to be honest. His real crime though is to fall in love with a teenage parishioner with disasterous consequences. Some might think that this titilating aspect of the movie is a cop out, distracting us as it does from the real corruption taking place. Not me, I thought that the love story added that vital human element essential to any film with serious issues to raise and it was all the better for it.
Great filmBy msmoomin (7 reviews) from London , 06 Feb 2012Ingrossing and thought-provoking. Controversial. Superb performances from the lead stars. Can see why it was the biggest grossing Mexican film to date.
POWERFUL AND THOUGHT-PROVOKINGBy a customer , 05 Jan 2012I saw the CD film with English subtitles. I think it is powerful and very thought-provoking. It is aptly labeled 'controversial' and 'most disturbing' - I suppose because of the theme and the story developed. But I see it as more than just that. Somehow it is set to provoke church-people, activists and more so, clergy, to examine and evaluate their motivations and convictions. Instead of protesting, nay more boycotting, this film, I believe the Church can actually use it for self-introspection and evaluation.
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enjoyable enoughBy lvwt (34 reviews) , 09 Nov 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI fear I am slightly biased, as I do like any foreign language film that Garcia Bernal makes, and this was no exception.
Nicely showed the the ways the priests run things when left to their own devices, and the cover ups.......
yet how quickly they can be reigned in when not doing something the church asked of them.
I liked the older priests reaction to the situation, and as a whole enjoyed the film, though felt Amaro possible fell from grace a bit too easily for a shinning star of the church
Not worth watchingBy GMcG (13 reviews) from Chalfont St Peter , 26 Sep 2011Pretty poor overall and left me feeling quite depressed. Not a patch on 'Y tu Mama Tambien' which was a far superior film by the same director.