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28 August 2003 (Argentina) See more »
Toledo, 25 years old, future architect, suffers from an acute jealousy. He cannot concentrate on his job nor on his studies... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Daniel Hendler ... Ezequiel Toledo
Gustavo Garzón ... Aníbal

Dolores Fonzi ... Ana
Ramiro Agüero ... Altclas
Ignacio Mendi ... Rolandelli
José Palomino Cortez ... Máximo
Rafael Filippelli ... Filipelli
Mercedes Halfon ... Voz en el teléfono
Diego Peretti ... Cómico 1
Alejandro Fiore ... Cómico 2
Marcos Woinsky
Gabriel Fernández ... Joven Arquitecto
Daniel Valenzuela ... Valenzuela
Claudio Rissi ... Taxista
Mariela Fernández
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Albornoz ... Voz Locutor Documental
Jessica Bacher ... Voz Operador 110
Marita Ballesteros ... Voz Madre Ana
Max Chung ... Nakatomi
Gustavo Cozzetti ... Muchacho Lavadero 1
Jorge D'Elía ... Indij
Teodelina de Carabassa ... Chica Puerto Pirámides
Yuriy Degtiar ... Húngaro 2
Pasta Dioguardi ... Encargado Bar 1
Cacho Espíndola ... Voice of police officer
Silvia Ferrando ... Chica en la calle 2
José Freue ... Cajero Lavadero
Mario Galvano ... Capitán Barco
Cintia Goulu ... Cajera Supermercado 2
Sabrina Grosman ... Cajera Supermercado 1
Jorge Alberto Gómez ... Policía Hotel 1
Jorge Jiménez ... Pintor 1
Gustavo Kamenetzky ... Mozo Lavadero
Chang Sung Kim ... Traumatologo
Jimena La Torre ... Paula

María Marull ... Chica en la calle 1
Marcos Metta ... Guardia de Seguridad
Natalia Milazzo ... Voz Recepcionista 1
Norberto Minichilo ... Baterista
Norberto Miserisky ... Policia Lavadero
Sebastian Perillo ... Vendedor de Café
Jorge Perversi ... Compañero Buceo
Hugo Fernando Rojas ... Pintor 2
Marcela Ruiz ... Voz Madre Toledo
Humberto Serrano ... Lichmann
Chang Sung King ... Traumalólogo
Fernando Sureda ... Policia Hotel 2
Néstor Sánchez ... Hombre 4x4
Diego Topa ... Botones
Lionel Uberman ... Voz Conmutador Estudio
Martín Vanegas ... Muchacho Lavadero 2
Diamela Viani ... Moza Bar
Manuel Vicente ... Detective
Iván Villalba ... Compañero Buceo
Julia Villalba ... Compañera Buceo
Natasha Villalba ... Compañera Buceo
Juan Vitali ... Voz Agente de Viajes
Coco Álvarez ... Compañero Buceo
Miguel Ángel Álvarez ... Encargado Bar 2
Miguel Ángel Álvarez ... Encargado Bar 2

Directed by
Damián Szifrón  (as Damián Szifron)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Damián Szifrón  writer (as Damián Szifron)

Produced by
Sebastian Aloi .... executive producer
Sebastian Aloi .... producer
Nathalie Cabiron .... executive producer
Damián Cukierkorn .... executive producer
Diana Frey .... associate producer
Fiona Heine .... line producer
Guillermo Otero .... associate producer
Lilia Scenna .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Guillermo Guareschi 
Cinematography by
Lucio Bonelli 
Film Editing by
Nicolás Goldbart 
Art Direction by
Lucia Onofri 
Mariela Rípodas 
Costume Design by
Roberta Pesci 
Natalia Zubeldía 
Makeup Department
Carolina Oclander .... assistant makeup artist
Paula Righi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Federico Noejovich .... location production manager
Marcela Ávalos .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fernando Alcalde .... assistant director
Inés Braun .... assistant director
Nicolás García .... second assistant director
Gabriel Medina .... second assistant director
Celina Murga .... assistant director
Walter Rippell .... assistant director
Natalia Smirnoff .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Marcos De Aguirre .... sound director
Fernando Soldevila .... sound
Jesica Suarez .... sound director
Marcela Turjanski .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Franco Burattini .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Julián Catz .... electrician
Sergio Cesari .... underwater cameraman
Juliana González .... second assistant camera
José María 'Pigu' Gómez .... electrician
Esteban Herrera .... electrician
Guillermo Nieto .... camera operator (as Bill Nieto)
Juan Manuel Tizón .... electrician
Editorial Department
Jorge Firdman .... assistant editor
Other crew
María Soledad Laici .... production assistant
Sebastian Perillo .... production assistant
Ezequiel Rossi .... production assistant
Lisandro Aloi .... thanks
Mariano Llinás .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"El fondo del mar" - Argentina (original title)
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Argentina:92 min
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A dud that pretends to be important, 20 April 2008
Author: groggo from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

'Bottom of the Sea' is a maddeningly uneven and peculiar movie that starts with an interesting premise: immature boyfriend (Daniel Hendler) notices a man (Gustavo Garzon) hidden under the bedroom apartment of his girlfriend (Dolores Fonzi), and then becomes obsessed with finding out who is he. He follows him relentlessly, encountering an array of mishaps as he goes. These mishaps are apparently supposed to be funny, but they're played with suspenseful music in the background. It's an odd incongruity.

Credulity is really strained in this film with Hendler's character, replete with heavy beard, a filthy t-shirt, ratty sweater, scruffy jeans and shoes. He looks every inch a hobo, not exactly the ideal candidate to be surreptitiously following someone around the streets of Buenos Aires. One look at this guy and you'd remember him for weeks.

Another big problem is having Hendler and Garzon share most of the screen time, leaving the gorgeous and talented Fonzi about 15 minutes to play what basically amounts to a prop. It's a role that pretty well any actress could have played. Big mistake of omission by the director, because Hendler just can't carry this movie alone. (And I must ask: since Hendler really DOES look like a hobo, like a guy who hasn't washed in a month, what in the world would a classy woman like the Fonzi character see in him in the first place?)

When we find out what the mystery character (Garzon) is really up to, there is no suspense, no real surprise, only an explanation. So the viewer is left to wonder: 'just what was that all about?' Basically, as far as I can tell, the film gave director Damian Szifron an excuse to make a symbolic/metaphorical film about the dark unknown of the sea serving as a source of light, hope and enlightenment for those lost in the world above. Immature architect Hendler envisions a sustainable, submerged city where people can find out 'who they really are'.

All in all, this is a confused movie that really doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up.

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