The Amazing Catfish
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The Amazing Catfish
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"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."
‑ Adam Nayman, The Dissolve
"Claudia Sainte-Luce's semi-autobiographical indie has a knack for subverting stereotypes without making a big deal about it."
‑ Heather Baysa, Village Voice
"The familiar premise is done with enough intelligence and heartfelt conviction that it rises above its potentially cliché trappings."
‑ Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine
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