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  • Summary: In this unique ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside, a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions. Miguel, a handsome young fisherman, and his beautiful bride, Mariela, are about to welcome their first child. But Miguel harbors a secret; he's in love with Santiago, a painter, who is ostracized by the town because he's gay. After a tragic accident occurs, Miguel must choose between sentencing Santiago to eternal torment or doing right by him and, in turn, revealing their relationship to Mariela—and the entire village. (The Film Collaborative) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Nov 22, 2010
    100
    Sensual and romantic with a heavy dose of the supernatural and populated by indelible characters.
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Nov 22, 2010
    100
    This small film's accomplishments are many, but not the least is its ability to take a human story and frame it as a parable, without losing a bit of credibility or irresistible heart.
  3. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Nov 22, 2010
    80
    A languid, quietly moving love triangle.
  4. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Nov 29, 2010
    80
    Undertow, for all its narrative tricks, has been given the rhythm and texture of real life, as well as emotional undercurrents that are haunting.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jan 28, 2011
    75
    As if love triangles aren't complicated enough, the bittersweet Peruvian film Undertow offers a couple of twists on the archetype.
  6. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Feb 3, 2011
    75
    Like most films about gay men, Undertow can't envision a normal life of couplehood. But Fuentes-Léon works in a blithe and breezy magic-realist manner that fends off attendant feelings of depression.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Nov 24, 2010
    60
    Undertow's three impassioned lead performances and Fuentes-León's honest engagement with thorny matters of identity, sexuality and community still make it an easy movie to get swept up by.

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