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The Amazing Catfish (2014)

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THE AMAZING CATFISH is a heartwarming tale of two unique women who bond while recuperating in a hospital. Martha, a mother of four rambunctious and imaginative children, finds solace when she meets the younger woman, Claudia, and quickly the two build a strong relationship. When Martha invites Claudia to live with her family, Claudia unwittingly takes on the responsibility of becoming a surrogate mother to Martha's children. Claudia, a product demonstrator in her twenties, meets ailing matriarch Martha in a hospital room when she is admitted for appendicitis. Martha is an HIV-positive mother of four with an endless lust for life; Claudia has been on her own her entire life. The two women quickly bond and when it comes time to leave, Martha invites Claudia to come stay with her family. Reluctant at first, Martha's family eventually gives new meaning to Claudia's life and as Martha gets sicker with each passing day, Claudia's bond with her children grows stronger. (c) Strand

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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.

June 19, 2014 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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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.

June 12, 2014 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Claudia Sainte-Luce's semi-autobiographical indie has a knack for subverting stereotypes without making a big deal about it.

June 10, 2014 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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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.

April 3, 2014 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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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]

August 28, 2015 | Full Review…
Cinegarage

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.

June 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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