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The Life of Fish (La vida de los peces) Reviews

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April 19, 2014
A movie which might help you coping, either struggling with the nostalgia that invades every human who has traveled or loved. Subtle environment and voice tones but it is like a car crashing into you when understood, or worse, experienced.
October 28, 2012
The 3rd act falls flat.
½ October 17, 2012
A contained story exploring the memories of "the one that got away." Loved it. Great acting.
October 17, 2012
Been so long since I felt so much by a film...
April 18, 2012
Si hago review me excedo escribiendo...asi que veanla y la comentamos.
Primera película chilena que veo y la verdad este director sera seguido de cerca de ahora en mas...
Super Reviewer
April 11, 2012
A nice treatment about nostalgia done by Bize. Being realistic he gives all attention to each details in this visit of Andrés to his past.
½ March 17, 2012
Matías Bize's 2010 film LA VIDA DE LOS PECES (The Life of Fish) takes place over a single evening at a Chilean house party. Andrés (Santiago Cabrera) is visiting Chile for the first time in 10 years, but he's due to fly back to his adopted Berlin the next day. The action of the film consists solely of Andrés wandering from room to room, catching up with people dear to him that he hasn't seen in a long time. Conversations with the friends of his youth hint at the tragedy they shared, which ultimately drove Andrés abroad, but it is Beatriz (Blanca Lewin) who ultimately lies at the centre of Andrés' youth, and their reunion after a decade leads them to a difficult choice.

For the most part, this film is intolerable melodrama. The script is unfocused (there's a bizarre scene where some pre-teens ask Andrés a series of graphic questions about what sex acts he's partaken in), and the acting lacks subtlety. The soundtrack is the emotionally gushing pop music one associates more with late '90s teen television dramas like "Party of Five" than serious films. Now, the ending of his film is powerful enough that I'm happy I held out and watched the whole thing, but it's bizarre that Chile thought this film worthy of submission for the Best Foreign Film category at the 2011 Academy Awards.
March 6, 2012
PIFF. A dreamy you can't go home again.
January 27, 2012
Excellent direction.Great poetic scrip.Oustanding acting. I will love to see it again.
November 27, 2011
Construida poco a poco a partir de diálogo puro mientras la música envuelve como la pecera... pero se puede salir de ella. No solo, eso sí.
½ October 26, 2011
Demasiado tarde, pero por siempre...
September 20, 2011
Tremendo cuek...y gano premios esta cosa? como habran sido las otras
September 17, 2011
me hubiera gustado poder verla en cine.... amo las historias sencillas!
½ August 31, 2011
Despuà (C)s del resbalón en Lo Bueno de Llorar, que sin ser mala no alcanza a cuajar, vuelve a demostrar que el director de la intimidad. Notable narración, de nuevo con una locación y un par de actores.
½ July 24, 2011
so beautiful charming and adorable
July 24, 2011
Belo romance/drama chileno com excelente roteiro.
½ June 10, 2011
Excelente obra sobre os sentimentos humanos e as suas ligações com outros.
E excelente trabalho cinefilo, bem interligado o efeito: som (musica) - imagem (estória) - sentimento (interpretação).
May 22, 2011
Good Chilean film full of subtle images and a poetic script, The Life of Fish is the story of life itself, an interconnection of relationships and people, some stay others do not. Good quality cinema from Latin America.
May 14, 2011
Possibly the longest goodbye in film history, the opening scene shows Andres leaving a party. 85 minutes later as the film ends, he's still leaving the party. In between he goes from one room to another, talking to people. It may not sound thrilling, but for almost all of its length, the exchanges he has are so charged with intensity you can't help but be drawn in. Slowly we learn the reasons for the accumulating emotion. Suitably, a scene shot through an aquarium is the film's highlight. As Andres, Santiago Cabrera is in every scene. He does a great job of keeping his character intriguing. It doesn't hurt that he's very easy on the eye. The script treads a delicate balance of eking out information at a deliberate pace. The balance works well up until the last, lengthy exchange, which should have been the climax we'd been waiting for, but sadly fails to deliver. Still, an impressive effort on an obviously small budget.
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