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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 10 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Undertow (Contracorriente) [DVD] (DVD)
The story is of a married father-to-be in Peru, who has an affair with a gay painter and somehow despite enormous prejudice, emotional trauma and the tragic death of his partner, manages to both come to terms with his sexuality and force the conservative community around him to some form of acceptance and respect also.

The acting is superb from all three main actors, the fisherman, his wife, and his lover, totally convincing. The setting is beautiful, and the sound of the sea runs through every scene. In this film the "Ghost" theme is explored in a completely different way to "Truly Madly Deeply" et al, as the fisherman doesn't want his lover to return in real life, but to stay unseen by others except himself so they can be perfectly happy together without fear of prejudice.

Of course reality steps in when the community discovers his secret and he faces complete social ostracisation and the end of his marriage, as well as being parted from his beloved baby son. But the film doesn't leave it there, and the ending is pure magic.

This exceptional and haunting film demands to be watched again and again, and it is one you will never tire of. Probably the best gay-centric film since "Brokeback Mountain" but more positive than that. Whilst "Undertow" is deeply sad, there is - unlike Brokeback - hope for a better world, and in the Peru of the film, they have found it.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2011 19:21:43 GMT
I've enjoyed reading your review, and let me tell you, being a Peruvian living in Peru I do think there's some hope for a better world. Unfortunately, the film wasn't pre-selected to participate in the Academy Awards this year, despite all the awards it's received.
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