Anytime a movie involves fishermen, were on high alert for allegory. But Undertow (Contracorriente), the debut feature-length film from writer and director Javier Fuentes-León, is mum on moralizing and big on nuance. Most narratives that involve a love triangle -- this time between fisherman Miguel, his pregnant wife, and a male lover -- demonize at least one partner. But in Undertow, its the sticky muck of society that oppresses. Miguel is only liberated from his polyamory complications when his lover drowns and, in a turn towards magical realism, continues to be tangible and present to him.
The film won the Audience Award at Miami International Film Festivals Ibero-American competition and in Sundance Film Festivals World Cinema Drama category.
Fri., Dec. 17, 2010