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Lovesick Dust

A top-notch script makes this steamy 2003 melodrama a guilty pleasure even as it explores the psychodynamics of religious ecstasy and the moral limitations of faith. A voluptuous young bride, who's given up convent life under protest to marry her much older godfather, the mayor of a Peruvian fishing village, remains a pious virgin, much to the consternation of her besotted husband and his equally smitten son. The town's new priest, a virile freethinker and political activist, joins the community's fight against corporate predators but can't evade the snares of lust. Although it tackles some of the same themes as Carlos Carrera's El crimen del Padre Amaro, in place of cynicism and church bashing Luis Barrios' film offers insight and nuance. The sex is hotter too. In Spanish with subtitles. 106 min.

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