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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Cristian Mercado
Manolo Cardona
Tatiana Astengo.
Directors
Javier Fuentes-León.
Screenwriters
Javier Fuentes-León.
Running Time
100 minutes

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Undertow
Bittersweet Latin drama


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Plot
Peruvian fisherman Miguel (Mercado) wrestles with his love for his dead lover Santiago, now appearing to him as an apparition, and his pregnant wife.


Review
Undertow
A kind of Peruvian Ghost, this ménage-à-trois drama is low-key, tasteful and quietly compelling. In a beautifully shot, religious coastal village, fisherman Miguel (Cristian Mercado) is caught between his love for his pregnant wife (Tatiana Astengo) and artist lover Santiago (Manolo Cardona). Just when you think this is a rote love-triangle drama, Santiago dies at sea, becoming visible only to Miguel as a ghost, thus allowing them to be together without sacrificing his family. Writer-director Javier Fuentes-León tenderly sketches Miguel’s predicament, Mercado doing a great job as a man in love with two people without being a prick. It doesn’t rush to get anywhere but Undertow takes the stuff of recent EastEnders and turns it into something delicate, romantic and bittersweet.


Verdict
A languid, quietly moving love triangle.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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