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The Crime of Father Amaro

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Original title
El crimen del padre Amaro
Running time
118 min.
Mexico Mexico
Vicente Leñero (Novel: José María Eça de Queiroz)
Rosino Serrano
Guillermo Granillo
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Co-production Mexico-Spain-France-Argentina; Alameda Films / Artcam International / Blu Films
Drama | Religion
Synopsis / Plot
A handsome young priest, Padre Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal) arrives in a small town and finds himself surrounded by hypocrisy and corruption--and also finds himself tempted by a beautiful young woman who confesses that when she "touches herself," she thinks of Jesus. What makes El Crimen del Padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro) particularly effective is that Amaro is no innocent--he skillfully forces a newspaper publisher to retract a scandalous story about the Church and is willing to take extreme steps to preserve his career.
2002: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
2002: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
2002: Nominated for Goya: Best Foreign Language Picture Spanish Language
2002: Ariel Awards: 9 Awards including Best Film and Director. 13 Nominations
2002: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nom. for Most Prom. Performer (García Bernal)
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