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Undertow (2009) More at IMDbPro »Contracorriente (original title)

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Undertow -- Sundance Winner! A sexy and haunting love story. In a Peruvian seaside village, Miguel, a married young fisherman, has a scandalous secret: he's in love with Santiago, a gay painter.
Undertow -- In a Peruvian seaside village, a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions.


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16 April 2010 (Colombia) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Cristian Mercado ... Miguel
Tatiana Astengo ... Mariela

Manolo Cardona ... Santiago
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
Germán González ... Dr. Fernandez
Liliana Alegría ... Carlata (as Liliana Alegria Saavedra)
Tomas Fernandez ... Sergio
Alfonso Gamboa ... Sergio
Jaziel Venque Veliz ... Babe

Directed by
Javier Fuentes-León 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Javier Fuentes-León  written by

Produced by
Andrés Calderón .... executive producer (as Andres Calderon)
Cristian Conti .... executive producer
Javier Fuentes-León .... producer
Christian Fürst .... executive producer
Emilie Georges .... executive producer
Rodrigo Guerrero .... producer
Ole Landsjöaasen .... executive producer
Annette Pisacane .... executive producer
Michel Ruben .... executive producer
Original Music by
Selma Mutal 
Cinematography by
Mauricio Vidal 
Film Editing by
Roberto Benavides 
Casting by
Rodrigo Bellott 
Gustavo Vidal 
Production Design by
Diana Trujillo 
Art Direction by
Diana Trujillo 
Production Management
Delia García .... production manager
Alexa Rivero .... post-production supervisor
Gustavo Saavedra .... field production manager
Mirlanda Torres .... production manager
Art Department
Leslie Hinojosa .... on-set dresser
Maribel Villagaray .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Jean Collot .... foley artist
Jean Collot .... sound editor
Juan Felipe Correa .... sound effects editor
Daniel Garces Najar El Gato .... foley artist
Daniel Garces Najar El Gato .... sound designer
Daniel Garces Najar El Gato .... sound editor
Daniel Garces Najar El Gato .... supervising sound editor
John Figueroa .... boom operator
Nicolás Herreño Leal .... sound effects editor
Edgar Lostaunau .... sound (as Edgar Lostanau)
José Hernán Valenzuela .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Bill Georgiou .... visual effects
Sean Kennedy .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Andres Paul Magallanes .... gaffer
Héctor Álvarez .... photo still
Editorial Department
Phillip J. Bartell .... supervising editor
Other crew
Manuel Hinojosa .... first assistant director: action unit
Claudia Roca Bravo .... assistant production coordinator (as Claudia Roca)
Ivan Suzzarini .... technical director
Sam Eigen .... special thanks
Brandon Paine .... special thanks
Noel Qualter .... special thanks
Jeffrey Schwarz .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Contracorriente" - Peru (original title)
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100 min
Color (Super 16mm) | Color
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Miguel:I can't love you. It's not right.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "Direito de Amar" (1987)See more »


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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
I'm Caught in the Undertow, 28 March 2011
Author: Sandro Santoli from Cleveland, Ohio

I know a movie is excellent when the day after seeing it I still have a pit in my stomach as I did after watching this one. I know there are going to be some great reviews written about this so I'm only going to add to the momentum briefly without trying to find ways to get you to watch this one.

I felt bad for nearly every character in this movie...not just for those directly experiencing the effects of forbidden love but also for society observing it. Here, a seaside village in Peru questions its own moral code when a well-liked member of the community must decide whether to place his love for another man before social acceptance. Superb acting, character evolution, simple but engaging plot, and exhausting emotion all converge in this touching story.

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