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The Bottom of the Sea (2003)

El fondo del mar (original title)
Toledo, 25 years old, future architect, suffers from an acute jealousy. He cannot concentrate on his job nor on his studies, being continuously mindful of his girlfriend and concubine Ana's... See full summary »


Damián Szifron


Damián Szifron
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Hendler ... Toledo
Dolores Fonzi ... Ana
Gustavo Garzón ... Aníbal
José Palomino José Palomino ... Máximo (as José Palomino Cortez)
Daniel Valenzuela Daniel Valenzuela ... Valenzuela
Ignacio Mendi Ignacio Mendi ... Rolandelli
Ramiro Agüero Ramiro Agüero ... Altclas
Rafael Filippelli Rafael Filippelli ... Filipelli
Diego Peretti ... Ñaca 1
Alejandro Fiore Alejandro Fiore ... Ñaca 2
Humberto Serrano Humberto Serrano ... Lichmann
Jorge D'Elía ... Indij
Manuel Vicente ... Detective
Jorge Alberto Gómez Jorge Alberto Gómez ... Policía Hotel 1
Fernando Sureda Fernando Sureda ... Policia Hotel 2


Toledo, 25 years old, future architect, suffers from an acute jealousy. He cannot concentrate on his job nor on his studies, being continuously mindful of his girlfriend and concubine Ana's whereabouts and activities. Toledo arrives home and has a long conversation with Ana, who constantly manifests a ridiculous desire of 'going out for a drink'. They lie in bed but all his advances are instantly rejected by a progressively more nervous Ana. He cannot explain her intermittent crying and disturbed reactions. Until she leaves to the kitchen and he finds out that under the bed a male shoe that does not belong to him is carefully hidden by a male hand, under his own eyes. Paralyzed by the discovery he is only capable of leaving with a stupid excuse, trying to hide from Ana the anguish that barely lets him breath. Toledo awaits on the street for the exit of Ana's lover and begins a one-of-a-kind persecution-investigation that will last the whole night, to find out, before confronting him, ... Written by Anonymous

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A dud that pretends to be important
20 April 2008 | by groggoSee all my reviews

'Bottom of the Sea' is a maddeningly uneven and peculiar movie that starts with an interesting premise: immature boyfriend (Daniel Hendler) notices a man (Gustavo Garzon) hidden under the bedroom apartment of his girlfriend (Dolores Fonzi), and then becomes obsessed with finding out who is he. He follows him relentlessly, encountering an array of mishaps as he goes. These mishaps are apparently supposed to be funny, but they're played with suspenseful music in the background. It's an odd incongruity.

Credulity is really strained in this film with Hendler's character, replete with heavy beard, a filthy t-shirt, ratty sweater, scruffy jeans and shoes. He looks every inch a hobo, not exactly the ideal candidate to be surreptitiously following someone around the streets of Buenos Aires. One look at this guy and you'd remember him for weeks.

Another big problem is having Hendler and Garzon share most of the screen time, leaving the gorgeous and talented Fonzi about 15 minutes to play what basically amounts to a prop. It's a role that pretty well any actress could have played. Big mistake of omission by the director, because Hendler just can't carry this movie alone. (And I must ask: since Hendler really DOES look like a hobo, like a guy who hasn't washed in a month, what in the world would a classy woman like the Fonzi character see in him in the first place?)

When we find out what the mystery character (Garzon) is really up to, there is no suspense, no real surprise, only an explanation. So the viewer is left to wonder: 'just what was that all about?' Basically, as far as I can tell, the film gave director Damian Szifron an excuse to make a symbolic/metaphorical film about the dark unknown of the sea serving as a source of light, hope and enlightenment for those lost in the world above. Immature architect Hendler envisions a sustainable, submerged city where people can find out 'who they really are'.

All in all, this is a confused movie that really doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up.

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28 August 2003 (Argentina) See more »

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Patagonia, Argentina See more »


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