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THE FISH CHILD (2009)

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  • dir. LUCIA PUENZO
  • Year. 2009
  • country. ARGENTINA
  • run-time. 96 mins
  • rating. 18

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 19:30 - Film 20:00


Our Latin American Cinema #QueerLatino season continues with:

THE FISH CHILD

Celebrated Argentine director Lucía Puenzo (XXY – Cannes’ Crtics’ Week Grand Prize 2007) returns with THE FISH CHILD, a gripping tale of forbidden lesbian romance. Two young girls of extremely different social backgrounds who, unable to find a place for their love in the world they live in, are pushed to commit a crime.

Lala, a teenager from the most exclusive suburban neighbourhood in Argentina, is in love with  Ailin (the 'Guayi', a Paraguayan live-in maid). They hatch a plan to rob Lala’s family to fund their dream of living together in Paraguay, at the shores of lake Ypoá. While Lala waits to be reunited with her lover, Ailin is detained in a young offenders institute in the outskirts of Buenos Aires for a crime she didn't commit. Desperate to be with her girlfriend, Lala hatches a dangerous rescue plan to get her back.

In Spanish & Guarani with English subtitles.


Deals with taboo subject matters with style and elegance.
— Aesthetica

It is the central love story - beautifully realised both in terms of camerawork and acting - that underpins all the rest of the directorial flourishes.
— Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film
With a plot recalling the fevered fictions of Jim Thompson, late Polanski, and Isabel Allende, The Fish Child banks on the sizzle of its pair of young female stars and their enactment of class and erotic tensions to flavor its Sapphic noir melodrama
— Bill Weber, Slant Magazine