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Undertow

  • Peru / 2009 / 100min / 35mm / Colour
  • Original Title : Contracorriente
  • Language : Spanish
  • Genre : Drama
  • Director : Javier Fuentes-Leon
  • Screenwriter : Javier Fuentes-Leon
  • Cinematographer : Mauricio Vidal, ACDF
  • Editor : Roberto Benavides, Javier Fuentes-Leon
  • Music : Selma Mutal
  • Cast : Cristian Mercado, Manolo Cardona, Tatiana Astengo

Synopsis

Miguel, a married and soon-to-be father who lives in a fishing village on Peru’s northern coast, is having a love affair with Santiago, a painter ostracized by the deeply religious community for being open about his sexuality.   When Santiago accidentally drowns, he cannot pass peacefully to the other side. His ghost appears and asks Miguel to bury his body according to the rituals of the town. Miguel must choose between sentencing Santiago to eternal torment or coming to terms with who he really is, even if that means losing the people he loves the most.

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