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Javier Fuentes-León (2009)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A married fisherman has an affair with a gay painter, keeping the relationship a secret from everyone. When the artist drowns, his ghost returns to haunt his lover, telling the fisherman that he cannot rest in peace until he has admitted the truth to his family and neighbours. Peruvian supernatural drama, starring Cristian Mercado, Manolo Cardona and Tatiana Astengo. In Spanish.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Javier Fuentes-León
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Other Information

Language: Spanish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Axiom FilmsGuidance: Violence, sex scenes. Available on: DVDReleased on: 6 Aug 2010