Undertow (2010)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

This drama is a first feature by Javier Fuentes-Léon that manages to outgrow the limits of its story.

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Bob Mondello

Undertow, for all its narrative tricks, has been given the rhythm and texture of real life, as well as emotional undercurrents that are haunting.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

[Director]Fuentes-Leon...does a solid job balancing characters and story and creates a sympathetic surreal tale.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

Ernest Hardy
Village Voice

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.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Stunningly photographed by Mauricio Vidal, "Undertow" is about a ghost caught between his lover's private shame and a town's public traditions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Robert C
At face value, this is a good film. Great cast, believable dialog, location that is intriguing but not distracting. It's not until you start to dig a… More
Jeff Talbott
This unexpectedly lovely film from Peru is a sweet surprise. A gentle kind-of coming out story set in a Peruvian fishing village, it is also as tender as it is… More
jay nixon
Beautiully wrought story of a man coming to grips with his true self. Exquisite performances with Cristian Mercado absolutely riveting in the lead. This… More
Glenn Gaylord
This is a film to seek out and love. Peru's official Foreign Language Film entry for Academy Award consideration, UNDERTOW is a lyrical, gently, deeply… More
Walter M.
In the beginning, there is the belly, of very, very pregnant Mariela(Tatiana Astengo) who is enjoying some down time with her husband Miguel(Christian Mercado).… More
Jesse Ortega
I really had no idea what to expect going into this movie, I found the plot intriguing and interest, when reading the descriptions and I had seen the trailer,… More