El Nino Pez (The Fish Child) (2009)
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Critic Reviews for El Nino Pez (The Fish Child)
Just like an overexcited child who's had too much sugar, The Fish Child can't sit still.
It is the central love story - beautifully realised both in terms of camerawork and acting - that underpins all the rest of the directorial flourishes.
With a plot recalling the fevered fictions of Jim Thompson, late Polanski, and Isabel Allende, The Fish Child banks on the sizzle of its pair of young female stars and their enactment of class and erotic tensions to flavor its Sapphic noir melodram
The suburbs of the rich, the barrios of the poor and the watery world of the fish child form the stage for this unique and successful mystery thriller by Lucia Puenzo
Audience Reviews for El Nino Pez (The Fish Child)
A dark, erotically charged tale of adolescent obsession involving a young woman and her live-in maid. The emotions were raw and unfiltered, and only towards the end did the script begin to test ones incredulity. Until then, the film took us ever deeper into the psychology of a young girl's first love and her attempts at dealing with jealousy when others find the maid, La Guayi, attractive. This is the second film this viewer has seen by this talented Argentinian director, and both have starred the same young actor, Inés Efron. Lucia Puenzo has revealed herself as a skillful director, able to evoke complex layers from what could have been a simple story of love, betrayal, and tragedy.
Lucía Puenzo's second effort is original, taunt and full of passion. Artfully crafted and wonderfully acted, El Nino Pez deserves a lot more attention than it's getting.
Since I saw this at a film festival, in between two truly great films, I might have been just too tired and overwhelmed to appreciate this fully. I found the movie to be too disjointed and confusing at times, will rewatch too offer a more detailed critique.
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