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The Life of Fish (2010)

La Vida de los Peces (original title)
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Andrés returns to Santiago after several years to face a tragic event.


Matías Bize


Matías Bize (screenplay), Julio Rojas (original story) | 1 more credit »
7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Santiago Cabrera ... Andrés
Blanca Lewin Blanca Lewin ... Beatriz
Victor Montero Victor Montero ... Pablo
Sebastián Layseca Sebastián Layseca ... Ignacio
Juan Pablo Miranda Juan Pablo Miranda ... Roberto
Antonia Zegers ... Mariana
Matías Jara Matías Jara ... Matias
Pedro del Carril Pedro del Carril ... Pedro
María Gracia Omegna María Gracia Omegna ... Carolina
Alicia Rodríguez ... Daniela
Francisca Cárdenas Francisca Cárdenas ... Maca
Luz Jiménez Luz Jiménez ... Guille
Diego Fontecilla Diego Fontecilla ... Jorge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fuentealba Rodrigo Fuentealba Rodrigo ... Alejandro


At a house party, a handsome man wanders around catching up with friends he has not seen for some years. A travel writer now based in Berlin, Andre appears to be living an exciting international life, and yet... something has drawn him back home to Santiago. As the night goes on, we realize that a tragedy binds this group - an event that was also the impetus for Andre's departure from Chile years ago. Moreover, there is someone at the party he goes to great lengths to avoid. But she is the very person he most needs to see. Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

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Drama | Romance


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Chile | France



Release Date:

10 June 2010 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida dos Peixes See more »

Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A nice film with its poetic moment
2 October 2011 | by hhnd_2002See all my reviews

La vida de los peces starts out with an abrupt conversation, in which Andrés, a journalist working for travel magazines, just returned to Chile after 10 years of absence. His friends asked him if he has "talked to her," referring to Andrés's ex-girlfriend Bea. As Andrés and Bea finally encounter each other and strike a conversation (after spending much time avoiding the subject they want to talk about - that is their relationship), we discover the reason Andrés left town and went to Germany, Bea's current married life, and that they still have (lots of) feelings left for each other. While the setting is purposely made to be a confined space crowded with people, strangers and friends alike, the winding paths Andrés and Bea took to avoid each other and to finally meet each other are the journeys to find themselves, especially Andrés. Regardless of the ending (and they say it's not the end that matter, but rather the process of getting there), I really enjoyed the conversations between the two protagonists that seem very realistic, the strangely romantic moments where they were just standing there looking at goldfish circling around recounting their memories of the past, and especially the final scene, which must have been one of the best ending scenes ever in all the movies that I have seen.

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