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
Comedy , Drama
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Lola Bessis
as Lilas
Anne Consigny
as Françoise de Castillon

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | September 25, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Though less of a crowdpleaser than it may first appear, that's the key strength that makes this admittedly uneven first feature stand out.

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2014
New York Times
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Bessis has a natural screen radiance, and Defa is disarming, even at his most selfish. But the script's naïveté is galling.

Full Review… | September 16, 2014
Village Voice
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Such a concise expression of theme ought to be appreciated -- it betrays an elegance of construction scarcely seen in likeminded indie comedies.

Full Review… | February 5, 2014
Top Critic

Yet another dull entry in the indie downtown New York genre. So young and so vapid.

Full Review… | September 22, 2014
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Swim Little Fish Swim


It subtly counteracts the cliché that creative expression can save your life by making its protagonist a hipster Peter Pan whose creative expression is an excuse not to grow up.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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


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