Temptation | Chicago Reader

Temptation

A small-town priest falls for a beautiful ex-con and joins her in heroin addiction. This 1998 film from Portugal seems driven more by its torrid scenes—priest with naked woman! priest shoots up!—than by its characters, whose motivations remain obscure. Some moments are dramatically effective (the fallen priest protecting a group of Gypsies, for instance), but director Joaquim Leitao provides more cynical exploitation than genuine insight. It worked—Temptation was the biggest box-office hit in Portuguese history.

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