Film Review | Contracorriente (Undertow) by Javier Fuentes-Leon

film poster for undertow contracorrienteSet in a Peruvian fishing village, Contracorriente tells the story of Miguel, a beautiful man with a wife and child on the way and how he deals with the abrupt death of his secret lover Santiago. Miguel is a local with family ties who works on a fishing boat. Santiago is an artist who lives temporarily in the village and is a societal outcast because of his lifestyle. The two meet only in secret and no one knows of their relationship. After a fight, something unexpected happens, which causes Miguel to reevaluate his choices and values.

This film was the best movie I’ve seen in a very long time. I wasn’t expecting the depth and emotional waves that came. If you’re willing to relate to the characters, have a handkerchief nearby. The acting was top notch and the story was completely realistic. I didn’t want this movie to end. It’s no surprise that this film was featured at multiple film festivals and won the 2010 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award. If you loved Julian Schnabel’s film Before Night Falls based on the novel by Reinaldo Arenas, this movie is worth buying. If you want to try it out first, check a library near you. The trailer is also available on the film’s website.


Film Screening of Trouble the Water

A recent addition to the collection, Trouble the Water, was screened in house on Thursday. This film, documenting one family’s experience before, during and after Hurricane Katrina, provides viewers with an in-depth perspective on what really happened within New Orleans. Filmed and narrated mostly by Kimberly Rivers Roberts (aspiring rapper Black Kold Madina), the story unfolds to bring to light the details of surviving each day with Katrina. This film was an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature in 2009 and also won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in 2008 for Best Documentary.

For reading recommendations on Coastal Communities, please see our reading list, here. For further reading on Flooding, please see this reading list. An abbreviated list of videos that Wisconsin’s Water Library carries can be seen here.

DVD cover photo from Trouble the Water film site.