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  • Summary: Claudia (Ximena Ayala), a product demonstrator in her twenties, meets ailing matriarch Martha (Lisa Owen) in a hospital room after Claudia is admitted for appendicitis. The women bond over a bag of potato chips passed between their beds. Martha has four kids from three different fathers;Claudia (Ximena Ayala), a product demonstrator in her twenties, meets ailing matriarch Martha (Lisa Owen) in a hospital room after Claudia is admitted for appendicitis. The women bond over a bag of potato chips passed between their beds. Martha has four kids from three different fathers; Claudia has been on her own her entire life. When Martha spots Claudia walking home alone after surgery, she offers her a lift in her crowded old yellow Beetle. Claudia accepts, after some hesitation — perhaps she sensed that getting into that car was going to change her life. Some families we're born into; some we build. And some families simply come to us, unannounced, when we least expect it. [Strand Releasing] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jun 19, 2014
    90
    Grainily shot but radiating life, The Amazing Catfish is an enormously affecting portrait of a family in crisis that dares to hope.
  2. Reviewed by: Heather Baysa
    Jun 10, 2014
    70
    Claudia Sainte-Luce's semi-autobiographical indie has a knack for subverting stereotypes without making a big deal about it.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jun 12, 2014
    70
    If there’s a certain depth missing in The Amazing Catfish, the film brings forth the small-scale pleasures and poignancy of an ambling short story.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Jun 10, 2014
    63
    The familiar premise is done with enough intelligence and heartfelt conviction that it rises above its potentially cliché trappings.
  5. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Jun 12, 2014
    60
    What keeps The Amazing Catfish from greatness despite the evident skill at every level of its production—the editing is sharp, and the actors are all excellent, especially the children—is the sense that Sainte-Luce is luxuriating in quirkiness for its own sake.
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