Talk about a fish out of water!
The curious tale of Mica and his rare disease echoes themes from such films as The Curious Tale of Benjamin Button and The Odd Life of Timothy Green which have been received well over the past few years, being stories transparent in gender, age, and culture.
Indeed it is the age of the modern fairy tale and The Boy Who Smells Like Fish, while based on a very real metabolic disorder (see Trimethylaminuria or ‘Fish Order Syndrome’), still breathes those delightful aphorisms that leave an audience warm, fuzzy, and hopeful for – well – the human race!
The Boy Who Smells Like Fish had its trailer premiere today for all to see, and we must say it waxes quite the amphibious narrative we’re sure the Miami International Film Festival audience will enjoy when it screens on Saturday, March 2nd at the Olympia Theater.
Is Mica (Douglas Smith, of HBO’s Big Love) the world’s unluckiest boy? His father abandoned him when he was a baby. His mother (Ariadna Gil) left Mica to manage the family business – giddily cheesy guided tours of a museum (which is also Mica’s home) dedicated to Mexican singing “legend” Guillermo Garibai. Above all, Mica smells like fish, making connections with other teenagers his age nearly impossible, despite the sensitive coaching of his therapist (Carrie-Anne Moss). Until, that is, Mica meets Laura (Zoë Kravitz), a kindred fish-out-of-water soul.
Director Analeine Cal y Mayor strikes just the perfect light note for one of the big screen’s first ever examinations of an unusual medical condition. The musical fantasy sequences are unbeatable! — Jaie Laplante
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