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Treading Water -- A charming coming-of-age love story about a sensitive boy (Douglas Smith) whose rare disorder and eccentric family render him an outsider - until Laura (Zoë Kravitz) swims her way into his life.
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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

Hansel Ramírez ... Dancer
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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Additional Details

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

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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
An interplay of drama, comedy and magical realism, 6 March 2013
Author: maria-delatorre from Miami, Florida

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The Director and co-Writer of The Boy Who Smells Like Fish, Analeine Cal y Mayor, brings together a highly talented, well renowned cast and a well written script to tell the story of a young life who suffers from a devastating and incurable rare disease. There's never a dull moment as events altered with unexpected twists and turns throughout the movie. Douglas Smith plays the character, Mica, who suffers from Trimethylaminuria, a rare disorder that gives off a pungent fish odor resulting in his social ostracism throughout his upbringing. His deep emotional and psychological scars are not visibly seen, and consequently, the director and Douglas Smith expertly portray these scars through their screen writing, acting and directing.

Under Analeine's direction, the young and handsome Doug very successfully gives his character a bittersweet quality throughout the story as his body language and his behavior portrays the typical low self-esteem and scarred personality development of a solitary recluse, which is common among sufferers of this incurable disease. Mica's efforts to cope is highlighted with Carrie Anne Moss's very sophisticated and highly sensitive character as his therapist. He is not always sure how to cope with Zoe Kravitz' advances, and reacts strangely, adding depth to his character.

Cal y Mayor's exceptional directing stands out most in the artistic manner in which she brings together a gloomy drama with comedy and magical realism, which makes this film stand out above a typical documentary or above a typical despondent drama.

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