At fifteen, David and his two buddies are the youngest members of the Boston Aquarium Society. The three make their way to a monthly meeting at the New England Aquarium, but David has a secret he is reluctant to share.

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David (as Jeremy White)
Kaitlin Kiyan ...
Ellen
Zachary Brian ...
Timmy (as Zach Brian)
Matthew Simpson ...
Peter
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Mr. Portnoy
Maggie Phillips ...
Mrs. Portnoy
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Jared (as Christopher Smith)
Matt Campbell ...
Zach
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Peggie
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Dick Williams
P.K. Egersheim ...
Chuck
Maribel Santiago ...
Ellen's Mom
Edie Hofstatter ...
Peter's Mom (as Eddie Hofstatter)
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In a leafy Boston suburb, David pushes his dog in a baby carriage to a pier on a pond. He secures a rope around the carriage and the dog, and he pushes it into the water. At home, he has fish in several aquariums in the basement. His parents show concern about him and try truncated communication; his older brothers punch him in the arm. His next-door neighbor, Ellen, who goes to a private school, waves hello. He and two friends, both geeks and into fish as well, go to the evening meeting of the Boston Aquarium Society. David notices Ellen there; he leaves a lecture to find her in a room with penguins and jellies ("they're not fish"). They talk and she shows him something. Only connect. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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For a kid growing up in the suburbs, the truth can lie at the bottom of a fish tank.

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15 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently stumbled on Aquarium, a short that was playing on IFC and thought it was wonderful. The performances were fantastic all around, especially the young actors. It's rare to see kids who perform so naturally on screen and for smart, introverted kids to be portrayed with nuance. Aquarium a bittersweet tale of a boy who submerges himself in the world of aquarium fish breeding to escape a difficult situation at home. It's also a sweet love story, and had moments of intelligent humor. The tone was charming and at times surreal -- beautifully shot and featuring a great climax in front of the jellyfish at the New England Aquarium. Great work!


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