The Amazing Catfish
The Amazing Catfish (2014)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 13, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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.

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Adam Nayman
The Dissolve

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.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

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.

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José Teodoro
Cinema Scope

... has enough craft and intelligence to render its sentimental story about coming out of one's shell more charming and inventive than one would expect.

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Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

The familiar premise is done with enough intelligence and heartfelt conviction that it rises above its potentially cliché trappings.

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Heather Baysa
Village Voice

Claudia Sainte-Luce's semi-autobiographical indie has a knack for subverting stereotypes without making a big deal about it.

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Erick Estrada

This movie has a lot of personality, its own voice, and it delivers its message straight and direct... maybe a little too direct. [Full review in Spanish]

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