Movies: His Collar Is Too Tight

Art or blasphemy? A new film courts controversy with a tale of a handsome priest and a teenage girl

He's seductively handsome, shyly (perhaps slyly) sexy. He is liberal-minded in the best and broadest sense of the term. He is ambitious to rise within his powerful if sclerotic organization--mostly because he wants to get its blood flowing. His only problem is that the bureaucracy to which he has committed his life is Mexico's Roman Catholic Church, and Padre Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal, most recently in Y Tu Mama Tambien) is a priest whose largest doctrinal doubts center on celibacy.

You can doubtless imagine the trouble he gets into when he spies the beautiful, teenage Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancon), a...

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