It's not until you start to dig a little deeper and really think about all of the symbolism and emotions (both spoken and unspoken), that you start to realize what a beautiful and heartbreaking love story it is.
"Undertow" has some beautiful footage, a neat premise and respect for local traditions. But the movie suffers from a near fatal case of indecision that leads to a slow pace that cannot be explained away by the leisurely rhythm of life in this village. The movie would want us to believe the indecision is due to Miguel not being able to make up his mind who to be with, but I have no problem with bisexuality. Admittedly, if he had acted decisively at one point about something else, it would have saved him a lot of trouble down the line. Rather, it is the story that has little direction after the plot kicks in, with the movie eventually just coming to a halt.
A true life drama.
This is a ghost story (you'll see) about love-the love between husbands and wives and the love for their family unit, the love of the people of the village for each other, the love of a lifestyle that's familiar, and the illicit love between Miguel and Santiago that threatens to break up Miguel's family. And finally, it's about the permanent decisions people make based on impermanent emotions.
I recommend this surprising little film and give it an 80%.