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Damián Szifrón (writer)
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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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12 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Daniel Hendler ... Toledo

Dolores Fonzi ... Ana
Gustavo Garzón ... Aníbal
José Palomino Cortez ... Máximo
Daniel Valenzuela ... Valenzuela
Ignacio Mendi ... Rolandelli
Ramiro Agüero ... Altclas
Rafael Filippelli ... Filipelli
Diego Peretti ... Ñaca 1
Alejandro Fiore ... Ñaca 2
Humberto Serrano ... Lichmann
Jorge D'Elía ... Indij
Manuel Vicente ... Detective
Jorge Alberto Gómez ... Policía Hotel 1
Fernando Sureda ... Policia Hotel 2
Claudio Rissi ... Taxi Driver
Jimena La Torre ... Paula
Gabriel Fernández ... Joven Arquitecto
Norberto Minichilo ... Baterista
Teodelina de Carabassa ... Chica Puerto Pirámides
Gustavo Kamenetzky ... Mozo Lavadero
Norberto Miserisky ... Policia Lavadero
Jorge Jiménez ... Pintor 1
Hugo Fernando Rojas ... Pintor 2

María Marull ... Chica en la calle 1
Silvia Ferrando ... Chica en la calle 2
Pasta Dioguardi ... Encargado Bar 1
Gustavo Cozzetti ... Muchacho Lavadero 1
Martín Vanegas ... Muchacho Lavadero 2
Marita Ballesteros ... Voz Madre Ana
Jessica Bacher ... Voz Operador 110
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Albornoz ... Voz Locutor Documental
Max Chung ... Nakatomi
Yuriy Degtiar ... Húngaro 2
Cacho Espíndola ... Voice of police officer
Mariela Fernández
José Freue ... Cajero Lavadero
Mario Galvano ... Capitán Barco
Cintia Goulu ... Cajera Supermercado 2
Sabrina Grosman ... Cajera Supermercado 1
Mercedes Halfon ... Voz en el teléfono
Chang Sung Kim ... Traumatologo
Marcos Metta ... Guardia de Seguridad
Natalia Milazzo ... Voz Recepcionista 1
Sebastian Perillo ... Vendedor de Café
Jorge Perversi ... Compañero Buceo
Marcela Ruiz ... Voz Madre Toledo
Chang Sung King ... Traumalólogo
Néstor Sánchez ... Hombre 4x4
Diego Topa ... Botones
Lionel Uberman ... Voz Conmutador Estudio
Diamela Viani ... Moza Bar
Iván Villalba ... Compañero Buceo
Julia Villalba ... Compañera Buceo
Natasha Villalba ... Compañera Buceo
Juan Vitali ... Voz Agente de Viajes
Marcos Woinsky
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 Rippel .... assistant director (as Walter Rippell)
Natalia Smirnoff .... second assistant director
Art Department
Flor Efron .... assistant art 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
María Marull .... thanks
Esteban Student .... 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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Tiempo perdido, 20 July 2015
Author: David Traversa from Argentina

After seeing "Tiempo de valientes" by this very gifted director, Damian Szifron, and being mesmerized by the high quality of that movie, I searched for another of his few titles, and found "El fondo del mar", which is a previous production, maybe his first movie.

They say that "second parts are never good", well, in this case we have to reverse the saying because the second part ("Tiempo de valientes") is undoubtedly MUCH better than the first film ("El fondo del mar") and I'm sure Mr. Szifron agrees with me.

Here I will plagiarize the phrase another reviewer used as the title for his critic, a jdruni, from Philadelphia, that said "Moods rather than storyline". How accurate, how clear minded to be able to express with a minimum of words the whole purpose of this picture!! (But nobody knows if the movie was made with that intention).

They touch here the jealousy motive, old as the world and a never ending manifestation of the human character as long as people will survive to only three inhabitants on this earth. Paranoid jealousy can be extremely perilous. For the jealous and for his/her victim.

What the jealous person doesn't realize is that when his/her partner gets a lover, THERE IS A REASON for doing so. It's so simple. Most people never think that one may not be totally fulfilling as a lover, a friend, a caring partner, etc. because... NOBODY IS PERFECT!!

We all lack or fail in a determined field and the other person has to look for that missing link on somebody else. Many triangles are the perfect solution for this dilemma. But unfortunately people get extremely aggravated when they are faced with their own weaknesses and there comes out the ugly monster of jealously and the following discussions, beatings, and many times, killings.

It's a pity that this film starts in excellent shape to go downhill scene by scene to a very confusing ending, leaving the audience in a blank state of confusion. For example, the episode of the empty swimming pool was so obscure that I only got its meaning towards the end, when somebody mentions that incident. And many other details get lost without explanation or even motive!! The actors were good and the technical part irreproachable. But the film lets you down.

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