Mexico - France

89min - DCP - 1.85 - Color

Original language: Spanish



Ximena Ayala

Lisa Owen

Sonia Franco


Director: Claudia Sainte-Luce

Script: Claudia Sainte-Luce

Image: Agnès Godard, AFC

Editing: Santiago Ricci

Music: Madame Recamier

Producers: Geminiano Pineda (Cine CANÍBAL), Christian Kregel (Jaqueca Films)

Co-producers: Alain Peyrollaz (Good Lap Production)

Festivals & Awards


Gijon FF

Special Prize of the Jury


Mar del Plata FF

Best Latin American Feature Film


Cuenca FF

Best film and Best actress (Lisa Owen)


Baja FF

Best Mexican Film


Biarritz FF

Best Performance Award for all actresses


Locarno Film Festival 2013 - Official Selection

Winner of the Young Jury Prize for Best Film


Toronto Film Festival 2013 - Discovery

Winner of the International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI PRIZE)

Remarks from the jury:"Claudia Sainte-Luce shows a precocious, playful and poignant grasp of the fluid nature of family and the capability of the human heart under the most dire conditions for generosity, empathy and tenderness, in her vibrant debut The Amazing Catfish."




Locarno Film Festival 2013 - Official Selection

International FF Fine Arts in Dominican Republic

Mumbai IFF

Tallin Black Nights FF

Chennai IFF

Biarritz FF

Gijon FF

Mar del Plata FF

Cuenca FF

Baja FF


Chennai IFF

Festival de Cine de Cartagena

Bengaluru IFF



Goteborg IFF

Rotterdam IFF

Belgrade International Film Festival

FebioFest, Czech republic

Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam

Istanbul Intl Film Festival

Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival

The Amazing Catfish

Los Insolitos Peces Gato

a film by :Claudia Sainte-Luce

Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, the woman resting in the bed next to hers. Martha, who lives alone with her four children, gains Claudia’s trust. When she gets out of the hospital, she spontaneously offers Claudia to go home with them. Getting to know this family makes Claudia feel at ease. And for the first time she experiences a sense of belonging in this peculiar little tribe. As Martha’s health weakens every day the bond Claudia has with each member of the family grows stronger.

French Synopsis :

Claudia a 22 ans et vit seule dans une grande ville du Mexique. Une nuit, elle atterrit aux urgences de l’hôpital pour une crise d’appendicite. Elle y rencontre Martha, qui occupe le lit voisin. Martha a 46 ans, 4 enfants, et une inépuisable joie de vivre malgré sa maladie. Touchée par cette jeune femme solitaire, Martha invite Claudia à habiter chez elle à sa sortie de l’hôpital. Claudia est d’abord désorientée par l'organisation parfois chaotique de la maisonnée, mais trouve progressivement sa place dans la tribu. Et tandis que la santé de Martha s’affaiblit, le lien de Claudia avec chaque membre de la famille se renforce jour après jour.


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