More heart-tugging mélo than spooky thriller.
| Original Score: 2/4
Crisply shot and quietly acted, Undertow is heartfelt drama, but also a bit too well meaning for its own good.
| Original Score: 2/5
Sadly, the film offers few insights and follows a predictable trajectory...
| Original Score: 2/5
Beautifully rendered. Not to be missed.
| Original Score: B+
Undertow achieves a kind of lyricism rarely seen in contemporary gay filmmaking.
| Original Score: 4/5
Magical realism at its most entrancing.
A captivating, breathtaking and intricately layered amalgamation of heartfelt drama, romance and magical realism. It's one of the most powerful love stories since Brokeback Mountain.
| Original Score: 8.9621/10
A watchable and well-intentioned drama, but one which risks losing its footing straddling a somewhat awkward gulf between Sunset Beach and magic realism.
| Original Score: 3/5
Undertow, for all its narrative tricks, has been given the rhythm and texture of real life, as well as emotional undercurrents that are haunting.
| Original Score: 8/10
The first part of the film is... slow-paced and antsy-making, with none of the sensitive and tragic character study of the second part.
| Original Score: 7/10
The plot is slight and whimsical but eventually develops into a quietly touching love story.
The colours are splodgy, the script is sub-soap-opera, the actors hang their heads while delivering the dialogue. Yet astonishingly it works.
The actors - particularly the drop-dead gorgeous Manolo Cardona - are compelling, with all three central characters benefiting from being well-defined and sympathetic.
The conclusion might be too lachrymose and melodramatic for most tastes, but if you only see one gay Peruvian fisherman ghost story this year...
Stunningly photographed by Mauricio Vidal, "Undertow" is about a ghost caught between his lover's private shame and a town's public traditions.
| Original Score: A-
[Director]Fuentes-Leon...does a solid job balancing characters and story and creates a sympathetic surreal tale.
This drama is a first feature by Javier Fuentes-Léon that manages to outgrow the limits of its story.
| Original Score: 3/4
With its idyllic scenery, neat metaphysical twist and subtly-conveyed message, it's a weepy guaranteed to fill tissues.
It's nothing if not easy on the eye, and the acting's engaging and sympathetic.