Undertow 2009

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Peruvian fisherman Miguel is expecting his first child. But he has a secret - he's been having an affair with Santiago. When he drowns his ghost returns to enlist Miguel's help in allowing him to pass over.

Starring:
Tatiana Astengo,Manolo Cardona
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International, Gay, Lesbian & Transgender
Director Javier Fuentes-León
Starring Tatiana Astengo, Manolo Cardona
Supporting actors Cristian Mercado
Studio Axiom
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas Velasco on 21 Nov. 2010
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It doesn't matter who you choose to love, you know love has its complications. This beautifully filmed movie is set in a small town in the north of Peru, Cabo Blanco.

Being a Peruvian, I must say I'm very proud of it. The scenery is superb, the acting is brilliant -I even cried with the most dramatic scenes- and the story really reflects what happens in Peru and most parts of Latin America: if you're a "straight" man and you have sex with another man it's OK, as long as nobody knows it. But what if destiny has something new for you?

This DVD has interesting extras, such as interviews with director - Peruvian Javier Fuentes-León - and stars Cristian Mercado and Tatiana Astengo, a very talented Peruvian actress. Moreover, you get a stills gallery and the official trailer, which is one of the best I've seen. Oh, don't miss the song at the end of the film, it's called Aunque No Sea Conmigo, by Celso Piña and Cafe Tacuba. This is my own translation:

"You can take as long as you need
I'll be here, waiting for the day
You decide to come back and be happy
The way we used to be

I know well that you must be suffering, just like me
The loneliness that two lovers feel
When they decide to break up but still struggle
Not to see each other

But that doesn't mean
That I have stopped loving you, not even one day
I am with you, even though you're far away
Your happiness comes first, mine doesn't matter

But if you have now
Even half of the love I still feel for you
I swear, I bless the one who loves you
I want you to be happy, even if it's now with me".

Again, I'm very proud of this film, which has been pre-selected to represent Peru as a candidate for Best Film In A Foreign Language in the next Academy Awards.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JUST A REVIEWER2 on 26 Oct. 2010
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.....Society....and our Communities tell us: "You've not a Ghost of a Chance."

(( When Society, family, others close by and, sadly, even ourselves keep us from being who we are supposed to be.....from loving the person we are supposed to love....then we've allowed ourselves to be screwed (and, yes, I'm talking about me....and, likely, some of you). And every now and again, to remind us of this, as happens in this tale, there will come some sign or object....perhaps as simple as a "Candle"....which mysteriously appears in our lives, causing us to recall what we've lost ))

(( Have you ever thought....or said to a Beloved: "Without you, there is Nothing?" If yes, then you were foretelling a major theme of this film ))

A married, coastal fisherman (Miguel) as our main lead, and an unattached, visiting artist (Santiago) are the focus of this passionate love story between 2 men, spanning youth into adulthood. We'll learn this affair has a likely background of boys spending summers together...of fun times...and, no doubt, moments of finding love with one another. Sadly, however, this is a film focusing on their current day relationship which, like that of Romeo & Juliet, is being thwarted in almost every way.

So, for now, we find ourselves watching and becoming absorbed in an extremely impassioned---though well hidden---love affair. With nearly every scene involving these two leads, our view of the intensity of their love for one another continues to be reinforced, as the film makes its way to a heart-rending conclusion. Of hundreds of such films I own, none surpass the realistic displays of love and affection given us by these actors....this director.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mike99 on 13 Aug. 2010
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Undertow (Contracorriente), a Peruvian film in the Spanish language, is quite simply a tale of a true love that lives on, the gay equivalent of 'Truly, Madly, Deeply'.

Fisherman Miguel is a pillar of the community and lives happily with his pregnant wife, but secretly enjoys a very passionate relationship with his lover, the enigmatic artist Santiago, who exists on the fringes of their very traditional society.

All is well in this unconventional love triangle until a tragic event puts Miguel's life on a new course. He is suddenly forced to examine the relationships he has with those he loves and whether he can be true to himself even though admitting his true nature may risk his place in the community.

This was an engaging and appealing story, beautifully shot and delicately performed by a very attractive cast. I found it to be deeply emotional and was profoundly moved by the storyline and the haunting music. In fact, when it was on at the Cornerhouse in Manchester during August 2010 I went to see it three times. It has become a favourite and the DVD will be a treasured part of my collection for many years to come.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By César on 26 Oct. 2010
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There is not much more to say about the place where the movie has been shot (this peruvian coast has been actually seen before on the "The Old Man And The Sea" back in 1958) and about the exceptional soundtrack, apart from what the other reviews said already. The script is quite good and well drawn on its way to take the characters to the places and situations where they should have been before and they will be when they accept their true nature and emotion. But what has actually called my attention and what has made me really like this movie are the characters and the fantastic actors who portraied them. Cristian Mercado delivers a masterclass in acting, being this performance one of the best male performances of the year. It is superb in his way to express his grieve in such a controled way and at the same time on such an emotional way. Also remarkable is Tatiana Astengo who portrais Miguel's wife. This is a good movie in so many ways, but it would not be the same thing without the cast it has. May it be one of the front runners to the Best Foreign Language movie this season? I would say so...
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