(out of 5)

Original title:  Contracorriente

Sexy Colombian drama about a village fisherman whose great job is that his wife is expecting a baby.  Complicating his happy family life at home is the return to their hamlet of a handsome big-city photographer with whom the fisherman has been having an affair. In a twist of charming magic realism, the photographer disappears at the bottom of the ocean but his ghost keeps the fisherman company as their secret becomes known to the other people of the village. Now our hero must not only deal with a brokenhearted wife, but also with his own inner homophobia:  he has been struggling with the notions of what it means to be a man, a lover and a husband, torn between two people that he loves and his own notions of sexuality and masculinity. It has a simple plot but its emotional content is complex, the performances are superb and the effect satisfying. The gorgeous photography of boy love on the beach doesn’t hurt one bit either.

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Peru/Colombia/France/Germany, 2009

Directed by

Screenplay by Javier Fuentes-Leon

Cinematography by

Produced by Javier Fuentes-Leon,

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by

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