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Mica is a perfectly normal boy. Well he would be if he didn't live in the museum and former home of the legendary Mexican singer, Guillermo Garibai. And if he didn't smell of fish.
At first glance, Mica seems a perfectly normal boy. But first glances can often be deceiving... For one... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Douglas Smith ... Mica

Zoë Kravitz ... Laura

Carrie-Anne Moss ... Catherine

Ariadna Gil ... Sophie

Don McKellar ... Richard
Kim Ly ... The Lifeguard
Gonzalo Vega ... Guillermo Garibai
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Bridger ... Young Mika

Amanda Brugel ... Nurse

Donald Burda ... Doctor

Sydney Cross ... Schoolgirl

Andrea Drepaul ... Denise

Jayden Greig ... Blonde Kid
Sam Herrington ... Other Kid
Alexander Holtmann ... Pool Manager

Aj Jaywar ... Waiter

Jameson Kraemer ... Group Member

Glenda MacInnis ... Girlfriend

Milan Malisic ... Smelly Foreigner
Tim Marczenko ... Pizza delivery dude

William Poulin ... Tourettes Man
Paulette Sinclair ... Comb Lady

Sofía Sisniega ... Claudia
Clarke Smith ... Young Laura
Wheeler Thompson ... Baby Mica

Directed by
Analeine Cal y Mayor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Analeine Cal y Mayor 
Javier Gullón 

Produced by
Chris Bell .... associate producer
Niv Fichman .... producer
Sari Friedland .... co-producer
José Herrero de Egaña .... executive producer
Kevin Krikst .... associate producer
Diego Lopez Alvarez .... assistant producer: Mecanismo Films
Stacy Perskie .... producer
Andrea Raffaghello .... line producer
Juan Romero .... executive producer: Mecanismo Films
Original Music by
Benoît Charest 
Greg Morrison 
Yamil Rezc 
Cinematography by
Gregory Middleton 
Film Editing by
Óscar Figueroa 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
Production Design by
Elisa Sauve 
Art Direction by
Carlos Lagunas (art director: Mexico)
Nancey Pankiw 
Set Decoration by
Margaret Lloyd 
Daniela Rojas 
Costume Design by
Patrick Antosh 
Makeup Department
Diane Mazur .... makeup department head
Rita Stapleton .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Fuad Abed Dalton .... unit manager: Mexico
Nayeli Garci-Crespo .... post-production supervisor
Cynthia Graves .... assistant production manager
Carlos Taibo .... production manager: Mexico
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Coatsworth .... first assistant director: second unit
Matt Coatsworth .... trainee assistant director
Judith Landale .... assistant director
Miguel Necoechea Jr. .... second assistant director: Mexico
Pazz Neglia .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mauro Lacaprara .... props
Rodolfo Martinez .... construction coordinator
Thomas Moroney .... painter
Theresa Tindall .... first art director
Sandro Valdez .... assistant art director
Meredith Woodley .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Andrea Agro .... foley artist
Jaime Baksht .... sound re-recording mixer
Michelle Couttolenc .... sound recordist
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
Salvador Félix .... sound effects editor
Christian Giraud .... dialogue editor
Pablo Lach .... supervising sound editor
Santiago Núñez .... sound mixer
Kevin Schultz .... foley mixer
Rabb Whitehead .... adr recordist
Randy Wilson .... foley mixer
Visual Effects by
Raul Luna .... visual effects artist
Joseph Racki .... stunts double: Douglas Smith
Robert Racki .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Benito Aguilar .... gaffer
Terry Banting .... gaffer
Gyorgy Darvas .... second assistant camera
Ryan Gillard .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Felipe Perez-Burchard .... additional camera operator
Juan Pablo Somohano .... technician camera equipment: mexico unit
Joe Strazzeri .... a-dolly grip
Christopher J. Toudy .... key grip
Jason Vieira .... camera operator
Toofun West .... second assistant camera (as Mir Toofun Afdasta)
Casting Department
Christopher Richards .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diana Irwin .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Carlos Espinosa .... assistant picture editor: Mexico
Nayeli Garci-Crespo .... assistant picture editor: Canada
Raul Luna .... colorist
Raul Luna .... digital intermediate supervisor
Transportation Department
Jason McCormack .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
Rose Chalker .... production accountant
Natalie Dale .... stand-in: Zoë Kravitz
Donna Feore .... choreographer
Indira Guha .... legal counsel
Konrad Junikiewicz .... new media project manager
Dahla MacKenna .... education supervisor
Tim Marczenko .... executive assistant to Niv Fichman
Alex McNaughton .... location manager
Regina Montemayor .... production coordinator: Mexico
Maureen O'Donnell .... unit publicist
Jillian Ordowich .... production coordinator
Thomas Pepper .... production assistant
Kristina Small .... assistant production coordinator
Simon Thede .... production assistant
Belinda Uriegas .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"The Boy Who Smells Like Fish" - Mexico (original title)
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92 min

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Somehow doesn't come together, 18 April 2013
Author: liakendry from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I saw this movie at the Miami International Film Festival. From the cast and festival description I thought it was going to be a quirky comedy, and it seemed to have all the right ingredients: a misfit boy with a disease that makes him smell like fish (Douglas Smith), a romantic interest (Zoe Kravitz), an over-the-top Mexican singer from the 70s with all his kitschy extravaganza, and a weird museum house as backdrop. But somehow the film never manages to be anything but cute.

I can't really put my finger on what went wrong. I heard some people during the screening comment that Douglas Smith was not the right actor for the part, nor Zoe Kravitz. That they should have gone with actors that were not so "pretty" and more in the line of Dan McKellar (who delivers a great performance that somehow doesn't fall apart even though his presence is minimal). But I thought Smith showed a lot of potential. He just was very on and off tone depending on the scene, or sometimes even within a scene. Sometimes coming off very natural in his "fed up with it all", sarcastic and exasperated tone (like the hospital scene or the scene when the man from the singer's fan club representative visits him for the second time), other times seeming a bit too blasé or rigid. It seems to me more of a directing problem than anything, but that's just a hunch and maybe I'm influenced by knowing this is a first-time director.

Zoe Kravitz delivers a very natural performance and seems pretty consistent, but her character does not make much sense. You get the sense that a lot of the film ended up on the cutting room floor, or else the script failed at exploiting some marvelous opportunities. For example, there is the briefest of hints that her character is allergic to flowers. Could it be that is why she doesn't notice Micah's fish smell? There should be some comedic irony going on here that just isn't happening. You never quite understand if she can smell him or not, nor do you feel any tension about her finding out about his disease.

I felt the movie could have been a little longer in order to give more opportunity for the plot to develop. Something just doesn't add up. There are some great lines in the movie and it should have been very funny, but it just wasn't. The fan club representative character was great, but somehow he gets put aside. The main character's disease could have provided ample opportunity for comedy but it's just not there. There are only brief, isolated attempts. Somehow it seems they just emphasized the sappy romance instead of allowing the obviously quirky elements that are there to breathe and build on each other. And things happen too quickly. The mother leaves the father too quickly, the kid grows up too quickly (though the actors chosen for the kids are completely uninteresting), the mother dies too quickly (and randomly), the boy gets the girl too quickly, and then loses her too quickly.

On the plus side, the music is, for the most part, very excellent. The composer from The Triplets of Belleville is surely responsible (Benoit Charest). The tone is just right for most of the scenes and it makes it even more upsetting that the film doesn't deliver plot-wise. (There are just a few parts of the score where it jars you right out of liking the film--a witch doctor scene, and a couple of other too romantic ones that just don't have the same irony that the rest of the score excels at.)

The songs performed by the Mexican singer are perfect, too, even though the musical ending seemed a bit too forced. You get the sense they didn't know how to end the movie and opted for a sort of over the top random effect but fell short.

I don't usually write reviews, but this movie left me frustrated enough that I had to comment. I was left with comedy blue balls! Still, there is enough here that I would be curious to see something from Cal y Mayor again... maybe once she has a bit more experience under her belt.

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