Swim Little Fish Swim

2014

Swim Little Fish Swim (2014)

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Maggie? Rainbow? Leeward and Mary cannot even agree on their three year old daughter's name anymore. Mary is a hardworking nurse who dreams of only one thing : changing her life around. She resents her husband for being an irresponsible, overgrown adolescent incapable of holding down a job. Leeward is an atypical, idealistic musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and a New Age visionary. Enter Lilas, a 19 year old French artist and daughter of a world famous painter, who's trying to make it in New York and get away from her overbearing mother. When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple's tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further. (c) Official Site

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

An art-versus-commerce drama that consists of one beautifully aching performance surrounded by a whole lotta twee.

Sep 25, 2014 | Full Review…

Though less of a crowdpleaser than it may first appear, that's the key strength that makes this admittedly uneven first feature stand out.

Sep 24, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Mumbly dialogue, relentlessly jittery camerawork, a star who is also co-director and co-writer: Yes, it's time for another movie that mistakes the claustrophobic world of young New York artsy types for something interesting.

Sep 18, 2014 | Full Review…

Bessis has a natural screen radiance, and Defa is disarming, even at his most selfish. But the script's naïveté is galling.

Sep 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Such a concise expression of theme ought to be appreciated -- it betrays an elegance of construction scarcely seen in likeminded indie comedies.

Feb 5, 2014 | Full Review…
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I wouldn't be surprised to learn she was the one who the filmmakers most identified with since "Swim Little Fish Swim" is just as mischievous and natural, not to mention an unexpected treat as a result.

Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…

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'Swim Little Fish Swim'. Two lovable central characters and a sweet script that earns its subtle payoffs.

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