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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
12 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »




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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Tiempo perdido
20 July 2015 | by davidtraversa-1See all my reviews

After seeing "Tiempo de valientes" by this very gifted director, Damian Szifron, and being mesmerized by the high quality of that movie, I searched for another of his few titles, and found "El fondo del mar", which is a previous production, maybe his first movie.

They say that "second parts are never good", well, in this case we have to reverse the saying because the second part ("Tiempo de valientes") is undoubtedly MUCH better than the first film ("El fondo del mar") and I'm sure Mr. Szifron agrees with me.

Here I will plagiarize the phrase another reviewer used as the title for his critic, a jdruni, from Philadelphia, that said "Moods rather than storyline". How accurate, how clear minded to be able to express with a minimum of words the whole purpose of this picture!! (But nobody knows if the movie was made with that intention).

They touch here the jealousy motive, old as the world and a never ending manifestation of the human character as long as people will survive to only three inhabitants on this earth. Paranoid jealousy can be extremely perilous. For the jealous and for his/her victim.

What the jealous person doesn't realize is that when his/her partner gets a lover, THERE IS A REASON for doing so. It's so simple. Most people never think that one may not be totally fulfilling as a lover, a friend, a caring partner, etc. because... NOBODY IS PERFECT!!

We all lack or fail in a determined field and the other person has to look for that missing link on somebody else. Many triangles are the perfect solution for this dilemma. But unfortunately people get extremely aggravated when they are faced with their own weaknesses and there comes out the ugly monster of jealously and the following discussions, beatings, and many times, killings.

It's a pity that this film starts in excellent shape to go downhill scene by scene to a very confusing ending, leaving the audience in a blank state of confusion. For example, the episode of the empty swimming pool was so obscure that I only got its meaning towards the end, when somebody mentions that incident. And many other details get lost without explanation or even motive!! The actors were good and the technical part irreproachable. But the film lets you down.

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28 August 2003 (Argentina) See more »

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Patagonia, Argentina See more »


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1.85 : 1
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