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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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Writer:
Javier Fuentes-León (written by)
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Release Date:
16 April 2010 (Colombia) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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
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
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
 
Thanks
Sam Eigen .... special thanks
Brandon Paine .... special thanks
Jeffrey Schwarz .... thanks
 

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

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A story about love and forgiveness, 29 December 2010
Author: CHENG-HUNG JEN from Taiwan

I haven't seen such a touching gay movie since Brokeback Mountain. The movie contains so many issues, yet it could still cover them all and touch the deepest emotions in my heart. The depiction of each character is so profound that you can't help feeling the way they experienced.

Everyone is selfish when it comes to love, and so was Miguel. After he found the way how his wife and Santiago could coexist, he decided not to salvage the body and let Santiago rest in peace. He wanted Santiago to exist just for him, without the risk their relationship to be discovered. But not soon after the rumor of the painting ran wild in the village, his ideal pattern of coexistence vanished! In substitution, here comes the suspicion along with the despite from the so-called innocent village. Miguel's wife is just an ordinary woman who couldn't accept the fact that her husband was screwing other man, but the courage and tolerance she maintained is quite extraordinary. Love is the only way to get through this kind of grief. It's true for Miguel for that the loss of his lover and the courage to admit the rumor. On the other hand, it's also true for Miguel's wife who had to raise her child under this circumstance, not to mention the pressure and gossip she had to put up with.

Masculinity is always a main concept in gay movies. Therefore, Miguel had to struggle with his identification like most conservative gay did. In some way, Santiago is not just his lover, but also the desire of freedom which he had been longed for decades. When Miguel made up his mind to fulfill Santiago's last wish no matter what it costs, the determination and courage he showed really made me weep. No doubt that's the moment he found his own freedom and became a true macho!

Tragedy is when love no longer existed, so I would rather say this movie is about love and forgiveness. For those who has been struggled for their identification, this is a must see movie. Furthermore, for those who be the reason some have to struggle for anything, this is definitely a movie you can' t miss!

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