Synopsis by Mark Deming
A child with an over-active imagination startles both strangers and herself in this drama from Costa Rican filmmaker Paz Fabrega. Karina (Montserrat Fernandez) is a seven-year-old girl who goes with her father and mother (Freddy Chavarria and Annette Villalobos) and three siblings on a camping trip near the seaside. After Karina is woken up in the night by a band of noisy horseback riders, she decides to take a walk and falls asleep far from the campsite. Karina is found by another pair of campers, Mariana (Lil Quesada Morua) and Rodrigo (Luis Carlos Bogantes), and when they ask her where her parents are, she tells them a startling lie -- that her family has been murdered and she ran away from her sexually abusive uncle. Mariana and Rodrigo plan to take the child back to the city with them in the morning for her safety, but before they awake Karina has left and made her way back to her parents' tent. All would seem to be normal again, but when Karina awakes from a nap later the same day, she finds herself in a blind panic she can't shake for reasons she can't fathom. Agua Fria De Mar (aka Cold Water Of The Sea) was an official selection at the 2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
anxiety, camping, deception, imagination, panic, seashore, seaside