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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.
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  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
    Very Good!
  2. FrankO.
    Feb 2, 2006
    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. Collapse
  3. Nov 15, 2011
    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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