El Crimen del Padre Amaro

Another Mexican film was lent to me by one of my classmates. This is supposedly Mexico’s biggest and most controversial award-winning film starring Y Tu Mama Tambien’s Gael Garcia Bernal.

El Crimen del Padre Amaro; it’s about the story of a young ambitious priest who becomes hopelessly attracted to one of his lovely pious parishioners and his many ‘crimes’. Aside from that, it also dares to expose the Catholic Church leadership’s hypocrisy through its exposition of its connivance with feudal drug lords and politicians.

I don’t like it that much. It’s saturated with too many unnecessary subplots. If the producers wanted to bash the Church that much, they should have taken it one film at a time. It lacked focus. But, it deserves credit for being melodramatic. I like that. If only the characters spoke Filipino and if I was a little more ignorant than I am, I would have easily thought the setting was here in the Philippines. Bikoy’s rating: 8.5/10

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