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The Amazing Catfish (2013)
"Los insólitos peces gato" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 May 2014 (France)
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Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, the woman resting in the bed next ... See full summary »

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Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, the woman resting in the bed next to hers. Martha, who lives alone with her four children, gains Claudia's trust. When she gets out of the hospital, she spontaneously offers Claudia to go home with them. Getting to know this family makes Claudia feel at ease. And for the first time she experiences a sense of belonging in this peculiar little tribe. As Martha's health weakens every day the bond Claudia has with each member of the family grows stronger. Written by FEST

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$11,278 (USA) (11 July 2014)

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Not what I expected
9 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first heard about this film at a Film Festival but tickets were sold out and I was very disappointed that I missed it. It sounded great. I put it on my WatchList and eagerly waited for it to come out on DVD. Finally it's here. Then I watch it and I feel disappointed. It's not what I expected.

The trailer and the promotional material at the Festival failed to convey the actual tone of this film. I had been given the impression that once this group gets together they go on some journey that is fun and delightful. However, this group meets in a hospital and every journey outside the hospital involves returning to the hospital due to the mother's serious illness. This is a sad film and the only joy is the fact that the young woman who joins their family is able to contribute a lot of love and to receive a lot of love in return. I know that in reality some joy and love in life are better than nothing and better than suffering alone. If you understand that reality and are prepared to confront it, then you will enjoy this film. If you are looking for entertainment to distract you from that reality, you probably should choose a different film...

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