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The Amazing Catfish

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Regizat de Claudia Sainte-Luce
Mexic, Franța, 2013


Young Claudia works in a supermarket where she promotes various types of products. One night, she ends up in the emergency room with severe appendicitis and meets Martha, a patient, laying in the bed next to hers.

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The Amazing Catfish Regizat de Claudia Sainte-Luce
Hiring Claire Denis’ regular cinematographer [Agnès Godard] was a smart move by rookie writer-director Claudia Sainte-Luce, whose combination of tactile physicality and slightly elliptical storytelling techniques evokes the French masters without necessarily being derivative; this well-travelled debut feature (which won prizes for its Mexican-born director in Locarno and Toronto) has its own sensibility, for better and worse.
June 12, 2014
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In some ways, a subtler story is told through the stronger hand of the film’s cinematographer, Agnès Godard. Ms. Godard… suggests an entire movie with Claudia’s first visit to the household: a five-minute running take that segues from one character to the next with roving shots that are like internal monologues… 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.
June 12, 2014
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Sainte-Luce may laudably avoid most of the pitfalls of this subgenre of comedy-drama, but the characters and situations she portrays can’t quite escape a generic feel that threatens to dull out one’s interest in the film. Still, there’s a genuine depth of feeling that courses through even the most shopworn of scenes, fully in keeping with Martha’s own refusal to unduly wallow in self-pity at her inevitable demise.
June 09, 2014
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