El Nino Pez (The Fish Child)

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Writer-director Lucía Puenzo follows up her feature debut, the festival favorite XXY, with The Fish Child, a romantic crime drama adapted from her novel of the same name. Lala (Inés Efron, who also starred in XXY) is an Argentinean girl from a wealthy family. She's desperately in love with the family's young live-in maid, La Guayi (singer Mariela Vitale, making her feature-film debut), and she's jealous of La Guayi's many other admirers. When Lala's politically active father, Bronté (Pep Munné), dies under mysterious circumstances, she runs off to La Guayi's remote hometown in Paraguay, hoping that her lover will follow. There, she uncovers the truth about La Guayi's sordid past, and the maid's troubled relationship with her own father, a telenovela star named Sócrates (real-life Paraguayan soap star Arnaldo André). Lala also explores the local legend of "The Fish Child." Meanwhile, La Guayi is imprisoned for her suspected involvement in Bronté's death, and when Lala finds out, she jeopardizes her own freedom by returning home. In Puenzo's novel, written when she was just 23 years old, the story is told from the point-of-view of Lala's family dog. The film features an appearance by the Paraguayan musical group the Potrankos. The Fish Child had its North American premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was shown in the World Narrative Competition.

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Critic Reviews for El Nino Pez (The Fish Child)

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  • Just like an overexcited child who's had too much sugar, The Fish Child can't sit still.

    March 14, 2011 | Full Review…
  • It is the central love story - beautifully realised both in terms of camerawork and acting - that underpins all the rest of the directorial flourishes.

    June 18, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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

    May 3, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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

    April 26, 2009 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Puenzo's screenplay by flitting back and forth in time with the restlessness of a dragonfly in heat dilutes tension.

    April 24, 2009 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for El Nino Pez (The Fish Child)

  • Sep 10, 2012
    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.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2009
    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.
    Ina S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2009
    Lucía Puenzo's second effort is original, taunt and full of passion. Artfully crafted and wonderfully acted, <i>El Nino Pez</i> deserves a lot more attention than it's getting.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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