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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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Plot:
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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A beautiful, unique and creative film, and one of the most rewarding experiences I've had at a feature film in a long time! See more (35 total) »

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
Noel Qualter .... special thanks
Jeffrey Schwarz .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Contracorriente" - Peru (original title)
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Runtime:
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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53 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful, unique and creative film, and one of the most rewarding experiences I've had at a feature film in a long time!, 23 June 2010
Author: russellld from sf, ca

One of the best new films exploring gay male identity, love and relationships, and likely will be a worthy addition to many personal "favorite gay films" lists, although the fact that the film is set in a town, and to some extent a culture, where, at least for a large part of the story, many in the town have not yet evolved in their views of LGBT people and issues, created some (ultimate unnecessary) anxiety for me early in the film, and at parts throughout, as to whether the film would be a throwback to older, more stereotyped and limited representations and stories of gay life, although those anxieties were not only relieved by the end of the film, but, as I suggested, the film is an extremely valuable addition to the new wave of gay cinema.

The writer, director, casting director and cast, cinematographer, set designer and other members of the film-making team also do a great job exploring rural, small town life, with its traditions (religious and otherwise...) superstitions, and class differences, and the interplay among the individuals, families and community who inhabit the town, along with the welcome (or rejection...) given to a stranger who comes there, and who many perceive as a threat to the social fabric of the town, and the support (or lack of it...) the townspeople and characters show to each other, ultimately examining the struggle between bigotry and ignorance, on the one hand, and the struggle to overcome that bigotry and ignorance, and replace it with support, respect and love on the other. Most of the townspeople are not financially well-off, but make just enough to get by, working in occupations connected to fishing and the sea, and the way they relate, individually and as a community, to each other (and to themselves, in regard to what is the true definition of a man, of an individual's self-respect) in light of a newcomer who is more financially well-off, and his artistic and suspected sexual/relationship interests, are additional themes of the film, which play out so well in a beautiful, interesting and captivating way, often evoking strong emotions, and at times offering an inspiring catharsis (and perhaps a few tears, in reaction to some sadness, and much beauty.)

And there are many other highlights of the film beyond all that, including the amazingly beautiful setting, in a rural, seaside Peruvian village, the cinematography, musical score, performances, plot twists and turns, the mix of fantasy and reality (and moments where it's unclear to what extent fantasy exists as an aspect of the story's reality.) This is a truly unique and creative film, and one of the most rewarding experiences I've had at a feature film in a long time.

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