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Writer-director Claudia Sainte-Luce heralds herself as a new talent to watch with "The Amazing Catfish," an outstanding debut of tremendous heart and appeal.
If there's a certain depth missing in "The Amazing Catfish," the film brings forth the small-scale pleasures and poignancy of an ambling short story.
Claudia Sainte-Luce's semi-autobiographical indie has a knack for subverting stereotypes without making a big deal about it.
This glorious 2013 debut feature by Mexican writer-director Claudia Sainte-Luce takes one of the most shopworn melodramatic premises and makes it feel spontaneous and new.
... has enough craft and intelligence to render its sentimental story about coming out of one's shell more charming and inventive than one would expect.
This movie has a lot of personality, its own voice, and it delivers its message straight and direct... maybe a little too direct. [Full review in Spanish]
Sainte-Luce shows great assurance for a first-time filmmaker, and if she's able to capitalize on her talent going forward, The Amazing Catfish will be looked at fondly as ground zero for a worthy career.
The familiar premise is done with enough intelligence and heartfelt conviction that it rises above its potentially cliché trappings.
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