Undertow

  • 15
  • Javier Fuentes-León (2009)
  • Peru / Col / Fr / Ger (SUB)
  • 96 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The debut feature from director Javier Fuentes-León appears to address contentious issues of masculinity, sexuality, faith, family and community with audacious honesty. However, it's actually as duplicitous as fisherman and father-to-be Cristian Mercado, who is cheating on wife Tatiana Astengo with openly gay painter Manolo Cardona. Mercado believes he's got the best of both worlds when Cardona drowns and he's able to cavort openly with the ghost that only he can see. But when his secret is revealed, Mercado finally realises that he has to be a man, even if it costs him his marriage and status in his highly conservative Peruvian village. The performances are admirable and the intentions sincere. But Mauricio Vidal's glossy visuals push this closer to magic realism than neorealism, while the plot twists owe less to life than the telenovelas that Astengo makes Mercado watch instead of football.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Tatiana Astengo, Manolo Cardona and Cristian Mercado. A Peruvian fisherman attempts to keep his relationship with another man hidden from his wife and his fellow villagers.

Cast and crew

Cast

Miguel
Cristian Mercado
Mariela
Tatiana Astengo
Santiago
Manolo Cardona
Senora Rosa
Atilia Boschetti
Héctor
Jose Chacaltana
Doña Flor
Maria Edelmira Palomino
Padre Juan
Julio Humberto Cavero
Trinidad
Haydee Caceres

Crew

Director
Javier Fuentes-León

Other Information

Language: 
Spanish +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Axiom Films
Guidance: 
Violence, sex scenes.
Available on DVD
Released 6 Aug 2010
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Axiom Films Ltd.
Categories
Drama