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Treading Water (2015)

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Treading Water is a charming and romantic modern-day coming of age love story told through the eyes of a sensitive boy who is forced to face life with a rare condition that leaves him smelling like a fish. With his strange ailment, our young hero Mica (Douglas Smith) sadly grows to accept that he may never find happiness... until, as a young boy, he meets Laura (Zoë Kravitz) who seems to not notice Mica's unique odor and wants to be his friend. Raised by his eccentric mother Sophie (Ariadna Gil) and his unstable father Richard (Don McKellar) who eventually abandons the family, Mica grows up in a house that's an over-the-top gaudy museum celebrating the renowned Mexican crooner Guillermo Garibai (Gonzalo Vega). Even as Mica's therapist Catherine (Carrie-Anne Moss) gently guides him through his daily troubles it becomes more and more obvious that only his childhood crush Laura can actually cure what ails him. With heroes, heroines, friends and foes, this heartwarming fish-out-of-water tale takes us on the emotional rollercoaster ride of a young life filled with everything from loneliness to falling in love to legendary crooners and a lavish Busby Berkeley-like synchronized swimming fantasy finale. (C) The Orchard

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Cast

Don McKellar
as Richard
Kim Ly
as The Lifeguard
Gonzalo Vega
as Guillermo Garibai
Brian Bridger
as Young Mika
Sydney Cross
as Schoolgirl
Jayden Greig
as Blonde Kid
Sam Herrington
as Other Kid
Alexander Holtmann
as Pool Manager
Aj Jaywar
as Waiter
Jameson Kraemer
as Group Member
Glenda MacInnis
as Girlfriend
Glenda Malisic
as Girlfriend
Tim Marczenko
as Pizza Delivery Dude
William Poulin
as Tourettes Man
Clarke Smith
as Young Laura
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Emitting the unpleasant stench of over-affectation, "Treading Water" slaps together its particular peculiarities with such randomness, it's as if the film were conceived from blindly throwing disparate elements at the wall.

Full Review… | March 12, 2015
Variety
Top Critic

About as fun as letting your car drift into a highway divider.

Full Review… | March 10, 2015
Village Voice
Top Critic

Well-acted with a compelling concept, but shallow and less than the sum of its parts.

Full Review… | March 14, 2015
NYC Movie Guru

If dying is easy and comedy is hard, Treading Water proves again that whimsy is the hardest kind of comedy there is.

Full Review… | March 12, 2015
Film Journal International

Credit co-stars Douglas Smith and Zoe Kravitz for generating just the right chemistry as endearing oddballs to turn this quirky coming-of-age adventure into an appealing romantic romp.

Full Review… | March 11, 2015
Baret News

A gentle charmer punctuated with a series of nicely judged performance and an increasing sense of magical realism.

Full Review… | March 10, 2015
Screen International

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