Set in Peru this 2009 film, Undertow in the English speaking world, by Javier Fuentes-León tackles the love triangle between Miguel, Mariela and eventually Santiago. Miguel is married to Mariela and they are expecting their first child in this deeply traditional and religious village on the Peruvian coastline. I personally found the film quite difficult to judge and while I didn’t dislike it, I didn’t find it compelling at the same time.
Credit where credit is due though, this film is quite unique in the fact that the villages post-mortem rituals are central to the storyline. It was a fresh look at what can be a tired script. It was also nice to see some queer cinema from South America. Don’t expect to blown away, but I would still recommend this touching and emotional film.
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