Love is the Motor of the World

Watched “His Secret Life,” an Italian film from 2001 starring Stefano Accorsi. A wife comes to terms with her husbands death, and to an understanding of life in a dramatic way. She enters a deep friendship with an extended “family” of social outcasts headed by her husbands secret lover of seven years.

Second of the weekend was “El Crimen Del Padre Amaro.” The intensity of this modern adaptation of an 1875 Portugese novel was grippingly portrayed by the amazing Gael Garcia Bernal, a priest who finds that truth and devotion are ideals often out of reach despite very real ardor of faith. He fails in the same vein as his superior priest, even to the extent that his forbidden love is for the daughter of the woman his senior embraced before him.