Based on an 1875 novel but set in present-day Mexico, director Carlos Carrera’s best-foreign-film Oscar nominee is a potent drama about a seemingly saintly priest (Y Tu Mama Tambien’s Bernal) who has a torrid affair with a 16-year-old parishioner (Talancon). Since the actress is even prettier than Bernal, it’s not hard to imagine that a young priest would have trouble resisting her. Crime borders on soap opera, and like most sudsers it occasionally drags, but Bernal’s performance is as stirring as a good sermon – and a whole lot sexier.
Genre: Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Gael García Bernal, Angelica Aragon, Sancho Gracia, Ana Claudia Talancon; Director: Carlos Carrera; Author: Vicente Lenero; Runtime (in minutes): 120; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Posted May 2 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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