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  • Summary: The scandalous story of a young priest, Father Amaro (Bernal), assigned to a church in a small village in remote Mexico, who falls in love with a teenage girl, Amelia (Talancon), who then becomes pregnant with his baby, and asks for his help in getting an abortion.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Excellent acting, intelligent screenwriting, and dynamic filmmaking give this Mexican production a forceful emotional and intellectual charge.
  2. Carrera's direct, unadorned style has none of the searing imagery or cinematic imagination of "Y Tu Mama," but it bristles with passion, anger and a palpable sense of betrayal.
  3. 75
    Commendably, Carrera steers clear of preachiness in his exploration of a timely and relevant issue, and Bernal's transformation from naive priest to tortured adulterer to hard-nosed careerist is riveting.
  4. 63
    Had the film been more balanced, it would have added a new star to the recent wave of remarkable Mexican cinema.
  5. 60
    Ends up being nothing more than a stifling morality tale dressed up in peekaboo clothing.
  6. At two hours, the movie goes on too long and resolves too little -- even though it provides some interesting moments along the way.
  7. Father Amaro comes off as another pedophile in a frock. You'd have to hose this guy down if he were driving a school bus.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. AlmaL.
    Nov 5, 2005
    10
    Very Good!
  2. FrankO.
    Feb 2, 2006
    7
    Felt like two different movies; first half being local politics and the church; 2nd half the relationship between Father Amaro and Ana character. Publicity, trailer and DVD description misleading about the overriding theme of story. Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2011
    6
    Gael Bernan simply fails to convince: a committed priest who submits to corruption without the requisite soul searching to justify his chosen path: had we seen some internal turmoil over his choices, this film would have been first rate Expand

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