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A man struggles to come to terms with the unexpected consequences of a secret love in this drama from director Javier Fuentes-Len. Miguel (Cristian Mercado) supports himself and his family as a fisherman in a small town on the coast of Peru. Miguel is happily married to Mariela (Tatiana Astengo), who is pregnant with their first child, and the couple are well respected in their community and active in the local church. But there's a side of Miguel that he keeps hidden from most people -- Miguel is also in love with Santiago (Manolo Cardona), an artist who is spending time in the village,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Right from the start of Undertow, writer-director Javier Fuentes-Leon refuses to reduce any of his characters to clichés, which gives the film its fresh, captivating power."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The first part of the film is... slow-paced and antsy-making, with none of the sensitive and tragic character study of the second part."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"This poetic gem about loss and the consequences of a passionate but hidden gay relationship in a tiny ocean-side village of modest fishermen deservedly won Sundance's World Cinema Audience Award and represents Peru's bid for an Oscar nom."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Peru's selection for Best Foreign Film of 2010 is a slow-moving story of a man who had good reasons to fear 'coming out'"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"This drama is a first feature by Javier Fuentes-Léon that manages to outgrow the limits of its story."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Undertow, for all its narrative tricks, has been given the rhythm and texture of real life, as well as emotional undercurrents that are haunting."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR
"[Director]Fuentes-Leon...does a solid job balancing characters and story and creates a sympathetic surreal tale."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A captivating, breathtaking and intricately layered amalgamation of heartfelt drama, romance and magical realism. It's one of the most powerful love stories since Brokeback Mountain."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"An unconventional, sun-drenched ghost/love story..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Reminiscent of such heavenly Hollywood fantasies as "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," Peru's "Undertow" suggests a more passionate, lyrical tale of a soul in search of a body."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Set in a small, picturesque Peruvian fishing village, it's less a coming-out tale than a magic realism-infused coming-of-consciousness love story."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"Stunningly photographed by Mauricio Vidal, "Undertow" is about a ghost caught between his lover's private shame and a town's public traditions."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"More heart-tugging mélo than spooky thriller."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Beautifully rendered. Not to be missed."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
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