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Undertow (2009)

Contracorriente (original title)
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An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions.
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Cristian Mercado ...
Tatiana Astengo ...
Mariela
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Attilia Boschetti ...
Sra. La Rosa
José Chacaltana ...
Héctor
Maria Edelmira Palomino ...
Doña Flor
Julio Humberto Cavero ...
Padre Juan
Haydeé Cáceres ...
Trinidad
Emilram Cossío ...
Pato
Cindy Díaz ...
Isaura
Juan Pablo Olivos ...
Tano
Christian Fernandez ...
Jacinto
Monica Rossi ...
Ana (as Mónica Rossi)
Germán González ...
Dr. Fernandez
Liliana Alegría ...
Carlata (as Liliana Alegria Saavedra)
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An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions.

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Although both main characters are Peruvian, the actors who play them are not. Cristian Mercado (the Fisherman) is Bolivian and Manolo Cardona (the Photographer) is Colombian. See more »

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Miguel: I can't love you. It's not right.
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A moving story about the complexities of human relationships, set in a small Peruvian fishing village
4 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie gathers impetus as it goes along, so that by the end you are completely caught up in its complex and very moving depiction of the twists and turns of the human heart. The story exists on several levels--love story; political/religious commentary; ghost story. Filmed in a seaside village in Peru, the movie has beautiful cinematography, and the music soundtrack is also evocative of a culture far removed from city life. The three principal actors are superb, especially Cristian Mercado as the tormented husband/lover. The supporting players are also outstanding, each contributing to the overall depiction of the townspeople observing the drama that unfolds. I won't give the plot away except to say that it exists on more than one level of reality. Highly recommended.


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