Treading Water Reviews

  • Jan 22, 2016

    One quirky piece about coming of age.

    One quirky piece about coming of age.

  • Mar 01, 2015

    it wasn't called Treading Water in Canada, but hard to forget a story about a boy who smells like fish; it's very funny and original.

    it wasn't called Treading Water in Canada, but hard to forget a story about a boy who smells like fish; it's very funny and original.

  • Dec 28, 2014

    Director/co-writer Analeine Cal y Mayor's debut may appear to be a madcap comedy on the surface, but this is actually a charming, heartfelt coming of age tale. The Boy Who Smells Like Fish is the sort of title that evokes snickers. Silly little fits of laughter arise at the idea of a movie about a stinky boy. An engagingly quirky left-field comedy drama, the episodic The Boy Who Smells Of Fish is a gentle charmer punctuated with a series of nicely judged performance and an increasing sense of magical realism. It's without question worth a watch. You're bound to giggle at the boy, ogle at the girl, smile at their love, and be grateful for your own. Smith is the heart and soul of the film and appears in virtually every scene. Along with Kravitz, The Boy Who Smells Like Fish relies on their chemistry, and so it rests on their shoulders. Standouts in support include Don McKellar as Mica's absent dad, Ariadna Gil as his mother, Carrie-Anne Moss as his therapist, and the hilarious Gonzalo Vega as Garibai. Production values are high, despite a modest budget reported at $4.7 million, owing greatly to veteran multi award-winning Canadian cinematographer Gregory Middleton. The Boy Who Smells Like Fish is a quirky, slightly absurdist comedic drama that's more poignant than humorous. The message is fairly simple yet profound. VERDICT: "High-Quality Stuff" - [Positive Reaction] This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent... (Films that are rated 3.5 or 4 stars)

    Director/co-writer Analeine Cal y Mayor's debut may appear to be a madcap comedy on the surface, but this is actually a charming, heartfelt coming of age tale. The Boy Who Smells Like Fish is the sort of title that evokes snickers. Silly little fits of laughter arise at the idea of a movie about a stinky boy. An engagingly quirky left-field comedy drama, the episodic The Boy Who Smells Of Fish is a gentle charmer punctuated with a series of nicely judged performance and an increasing sense of magical realism. It's without question worth a watch. You're bound to giggle at the boy, ogle at the girl, smile at their love, and be grateful for your own. Smith is the heart and soul of the film and appears in virtually every scene. Along with Kravitz, The Boy Who Smells Like Fish relies on their chemistry, and so it rests on their shoulders. Standouts in support include Don McKellar as Mica's absent dad, Ariadna Gil as his mother, Carrie-Anne Moss as his therapist, and the hilarious Gonzalo Vega as Garibai. Production values are high, despite a modest budget reported at $4.7 million, owing greatly to veteran multi award-winning Canadian cinematographer Gregory Middleton. The Boy Who Smells Like Fish is a quirky, slightly absurdist comedic drama that's more poignant than humorous. The message is fairly simple yet profound. VERDICT: "High-Quality Stuff" - [Positive Reaction] This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent... (Films that are rated 3.5 or 4 stars)

  • Dec 27, 2014

    Quirky little film with some interesting performances, it kind of sneaks up you and draws you in.

    Quirky little film with some interesting performances, it kind of sneaks up you and draws you in.

  • Sep 04, 2013

    Rara, no es lo máximo, pero se defiende. Mucha ternura, algunas risas y una omnipresente tensión por poseer características particulares que no le agradan a nadie.

    Rara, no es lo máximo, pero se defiende. Mucha ternura, algunas risas y una omnipresente tensión por poseer características particulares que no le agradan a nadie.