Swim Little Fish Swim

September 17th, 2014


Swim Little Fish Swim

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When a bubbly young artist moves into a couple's tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 6.6/10 (232 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Ruben Amar

Stars: Lola Bessis, Dustin Guy Defa, Brooke Bloom

Maggie? Rainbow? Leeward and Mary cannot even agree on their three year old daughter's name anymore. Mary is a hardworking nurse who dreams of only one thing: changing her life. She resents her husband for being an irresponsible, overgrown adolescent, incapable of holding down a job. Leeward is an atypical, idealistic musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and a New Age visionary. Enter Lilas, a 19 year old French artist and the daughter of a world famous painter, who is trying to make it in New York and get away from an overbearing mother. When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple's tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further. Between surrealism, unusual characters, art and magic tricks, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood.

Writers: Ruben Amar, Lola Bessis

Lola Bessis - Lilas
Dustin Guy Defa - Leeward
Brooke Bloom - Mary
Anne Consigny - Françoise de Castillon
Olivia Costello - Rainbow / Maggie (as Olivia Durling Costello)
Paulina V. Ahlstrom - Naked artist
Myriam Ajar - Annabelle
Ruy André - Journalist
Ryan Andrew Balas - Naked artist
Alec Betterley - Gus
Andrei Bowden-Schwartz - Perfect couple
Richard Buonagurio - Adam
Candace Lee Camacho - A singer in the bar
Elisa Castro - Journalist
Makeda Declet - Shiraz


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Country: USA, France

Language: English, French

Release Date: 4 June 2014

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

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User Review


Rating: 10/10

I saw Swim Little Fish Swim at Créteil Film Festival last Tuesday. This is, for now, one of my favorite film or the year! This is a really cool, refreshing, exotic, funny and entertaining movie. The actors performances are always true and the whole movie is very realistic(which is increasingly rare in French films) The pace is well thought out, the scenario well-crafted and the visual style is beautiful, which is rare in low-budget films. But what impressed me the most are the music/soundtrack (the main character is a musician), very original and funny. I look forward to the release to watch it with my mother (64 years old) and my son (14 years) because it is a film multi-generational in many ways!


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