Run Time: 96 min Release Date: Jul 26, 2011 Year Produced: 2009 Rating: Not Rated Language: Spanish Directed by: Lucía Puenzo Starring: Carlos Bardem, Mariela Vitale, Ines Efron
This film appeals to: Lesbian audiences

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“A special film, about an adolescent lesbian love affair that is so much more.” —

NINE Nominations for Argentina’s Academy Awards!

The gorgeous Ines Efron stars as a wealthy teen in love with her family’s 20-year-old maid (played by pop star/actress, Mariela Vitale, aka Emme). Will their elaborate scheme to be together succeed? A passionate love story from one of Argentina’s top directors!

Celebrated Argentine director Lucia Puenzo (XXY) returns with this gripping tale of forbidden lesbian romance and a crime heist gone wrong. Gifted Argentine actress Ines Efron stars as Lala, a teenager from the most exclusive suburban neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Lala is in love with Ailin, her family’s 20-year-old Paraguayan maid (Mariela Vitale, aka Emme). The girls hatch a plan to rob Lala’s family to fund their dream of living together in Paraguay, at the shores of lake Ypoá. But while Lala waits to be reunited with her lover in Ypoá, Ailin is detained in the outskirts of Buenos Aires for a crime she did not commit. Desperate to be with her girlfriend, Lala hatches a dangerous rescue plan to get her back.

A thrilling romantic drama, The Fish Child boasts beautiful cinematography and electrifying performances from its two female leads. The film also co-stars Spanish actor Carlos Bardem (brother of Oscar winner Javier Bardem).

Awards & Press Quotes

Nominated for 9 Argentinean Academy Awards!

Official Selection:
OUTFEST – Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
FRAMELINE – San Francisco LGBT Film Festival

“A special film, about an adolescent lesbian love affair that is so much more.” —

“Simmering erotic tension! A couple against all odds turn to crime to realize their dream of being together.” – VARIETY

“Likened to a bold Argentine Thelma and Louise, Lucía Puenzo’s follow-up to her Cannes winner XXY wraps a passionate love story in the arms of a pulsating thriller.”– TRIBECCA FILM FESTIVAL GUIDE

“The Fish Child is an upstairs-downstairs cross-border lesbian love-on-the-run thriller.” – SCREEN DAILY

“Appealing love story turns into exciting thriller.” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“A dreamlike fairy tale, with magical imagery that really sparks the imagination.” – SHADOWS ON THE WALL

“Argentine director Lucia Puenzo follows up her multi-award winning feature XXY with a slick passionate thriller, The Fish Child . . . Ines Efron (XXY) and Mariela Vitale (Emme) are perfectly cast. . . . Puenzo brings us LGBT films to be proud of.” –

“The chemistry between the leads is fantastic – despite all their difficulties, it’s easy to buy them as a couple. Whether they’re making out in Lala’s bedroom planning their runaway, reminiscing in the bath, or hitting the dance floor.” —