El Nino Pez (The Fish Child)
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El Nino Pez (The Fish Child)
Writer-director Lucía Puenzo follows up her feature debut, the festival favorite XXY, with The Fish Child, a romantic crime drama adapted from her novel of the same name. Lala (Inés Efron, who also starred in XXY) is an Argentinean girl from a wealthy family. She's desperately in love with the family's young live-in maid, La Guayi (singer Mariela Vitale, making her feature-film debut), and she's jealous of La Guayi's many other admirers. When Lala's politically active father, Bronté (Pep Munné), dies under mysterious circumstances, she runs off to La Guayi's remote… More

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"It is the central love story - beautifully realised both in terms of camerawork and acting - that underpins all the rest of the directorial flourishes."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Puenzo's screenplay by flitting back and forth in time with the restlessness of a dragonfly in heat dilutes tension."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"With a plot recalling the fevered fictions of Jim Thompson, late Polanski, and Isabel Allende, The Fish Child banks on the sizzle of its pair of young female stars and their enactment of class and erotic tensions to flavor its Sapphic noir melodram"
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"The suburbs of the rich, the barrios of the poor and the watery world of the fish child form the stage for this unique and successful mystery thriller by Lucia Puenzo"
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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