Agua (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Verónica Chen
Produced by Verónica Chen
Denis Freyd
Written by Pablo Lago
Verónica Chen
Starring Jimena Anganuzzi
Cinematography Sabine Lancelin
Matías Mesa
Edited by Luis César D'Angiolillo
Jacopo Quadri
Distributed by Celluloid Dreams
Release date
  • April 21, 2006 (2006-04-21) (Argentina)
Running time
89 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

Agua (English: Water and in the United Kingdom: Argentinian Waters) is a 2006 Argentine and French sports drama film directed and written by Verónica Chen and Pablo Lago.[1] The film is centered on a former professional swimming champion returning to old glory in the sport.


Thirty-four-year-old Goyo, a former open water swimming champion, has been hiding out in the desert. Wrongly accused of doping in the Santa Fe-Coronda Marathon, a 57 kilometer river swim, he has abandoned his career and his dreams.

Eight years later, Goyo returns to Santa Fe, where the marathon will be held again, to attempt to re-gain his title and clear his name. Goyo is inspired to attempt again after seeing a documentary about 6 fold long distance swimming world champion Edith van Dijk who plays herself in the movie.

However, long buried emotions come back to haunt him. He meets Chino, a stubborn and disciplined pool swimmer, who tries hard to be selected for the national team, but fails.


  • Rafael Ferro as Goyo
  • Nicolás Mateo as Chino
  • Jimena Anganuzzi as Luisa
  • Leonora Balcarce as Ana
  • Gloria Carrá as Maria
  • Edith van Dijk as herself


The drama premiered on April 21, 2006 in Argentina at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, and opened wide in the country on September 21, 2006.

The picture was screened at various film festivals, including: the Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland; the Warsaw Film Festival, Poland; the Amiens International Film Festival, France; the Oslo International Film Festival, Norway; and others.

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Koehler, film critic for Variety magazine, gave the film a mixed review when reporting from the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival. He wrote, "Pretension swallows up Water, Veronica Chen's shallow follow-up to her fine 2001 debut, Smokers Only. Bookended by a hauntingly atmospheric opening sequence and a finale that makes the central characters' involvement with marathon swimming vivid and physical, the pic has a gaping hole in the middle. Hardly different in basic outline from innumerable recent sports films about outsiders and underdogs turning their lives around, the pic's only twist is an excessively and pointlessly elliptical storytelling gambit. Fest interest will be mild at best for a film with little commercial kick."[2]




  • Locarno International Film Festival: Golden Leopard, Verónica Chen; 2006.
  • Marrakech International Film Festival, Morocco: Golden Star, Verónica Chen; 2006.
  • Oslo Films from the South Festival: Films from the South Award, Best Feature, Verónica Chen; 2006.
  • Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor, Best Cinematography, Sabine Lancelin and Matías Mesa; 2007.


  1. ^ Agua on IMDb.
  2. ^ Koehler, Robert. Variety, film review, May 8, 2006. Last accessed: February 18, 2008.

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