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Perfect Obedience (2014)

Obediencia perfecta (original title)
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Julian, a young seminarian, is sent to live with Los Cruzados de Cristo, where he will have to follow a hard spiritual journey to achieve "the perfect obedience".

Director:

Luis Urquiza (as Luis Urquiza Mondragón)

Writers:

Ernesto Alcocer (screenplay), Luis Urquiza (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan Manuel Bernal ... Padre Ángel de la Cruz
Sebastián Aguirre ... Julián 'Sacramento' Santos (as Sebastián Aguirre Boëda)
Juan Ignacio Aranda Juan Ignacio Aranda ... Padre Galaviz
Luis Ernesto Franco ... Padre Robles
Miguel Loyo Miguel Loyo ... Andrés Lomelí (as Miguel Ángel Loyo)
Luciana González De León ... Sierva de Cristo (as Lucia González de León)
Juan Carlos Colombo ... Padre Ángel de la Cruz (anciano)
Alfonso Herrera ... Julián Santos (Adulto)
Claudette Maillé ... Señora Alcérreca
Dagoberto Gama ... Arzobispo
Claudio Lafarga ... Padre de Sacramento
Johanna Murillo ... Madre de Sacramento
Gustavo Egelhaaf ... Francisco Romero 'Cua'
Sofía Solá Sofía Solá ... Mujer de empresario
Juan Carlos Vives ... Monseñor 1
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The story of the sexually abusive relationship of a 13-year-old seminarian to the religious leader and figurehead of a Catholic seminary in Mexico, whose device to establish compliance in the young boy consists in the three steps of St Ignatius of Loyola leading to perfect obedience. Written by Anonymous

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When Obedience to God Becomes Submission to Man

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Drama

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1 May 2014 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Obediência Perfeita See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,170,783
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Juan Manuel Bernal was casted to perform a supporting role, but he asked the director to perform the leading role; Luis Urquiza accepted. See more »

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Sympathy for the Devil
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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There's a lot to say
1 January 2015 | by carlesmiquelSee all my reviews

Yes. As the other reviewer (until now) stated. this is not a fantastically crafted film script- wise. But, for people like me, who belonged to one of these incredibly large and powerful organisations for many many years, the script rings so many bells that it becomes a bit unbearable at certain times.

Yes, the cinematography is lush and beautiful. The locations, again, ring true (if you're familiar with the real story behind them), even the looks, the cars, the rituals, the words, the ideas to be ingrained in the children's minds. I mean, mostly everything rings more than one bell in my mind and really made me shiver and feel uneasy most of the film.

Acting-wise, there are many good choices and pretty well known ones. I'd say Manuel gives a terrifying performance that made me cringe more than once.

In the end, the film treats with grace and delicacy things that are not to be shown anymore on the big or small screen because they'll be banned. That's sad, but that's how this kind of experiences and their immense publicity have changed the film industry to tell stories with more guts. I don't blame anyone for that... its' just the way it is and it's a sad thing for the film industry, for the real people, for spectators and for the sake of well-translated books into films.

Since this film covers with flashes a much more complex story, it will never be the "Story of the Legionaires of Christ" in full, but it depicts enough to understand why there was such a huge scandal throughout the world, especially in Mexico. Well done!


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