El Niño Pez (Fishchild) Another hit from Lucia Puenzo

First, young director Lucia Puenzo debuted with a movie, “XXY”, about a transgendered teenager that won critical acclaim. Her second movie “Fishchild” tackles a similar theme–teenage love between girls, one upper class and the other a maid, but instead of the stark realism that defined XXY her new film combines dream sequences, dramatic lighting and art design, and Cumbia (the pulsing music of the lower classes). Leading actress Inés Efron is back, but this time her character is decidedly innocent, feminine and beautiful instead of androgynous and aggressive. This movie was the talk of the Berlin Film Festival, and shows that Lucia Puenzo is more than just the daughter of the director of probably the most famous Argentine movie of all time, “The Official Story” which won Oscar for best foreign language film. She is a talented director willing to move between distinct styles in a short period of time.

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