WHAT'S IT ABOUT

A Bronx romance set in the early 90s, a girl about to begin college meets a high school drop-out, and the budding relationship forces them both to address their plans for the future.

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  1. Peter Linning July 16, 2020

    Angelfish is a straightforward, low-stakes story of young romance that benefits hugely from great writing and naturalistic performances. The two leads share complicated home lives - both have absentee fathers, and both have brothers with issues - Eva's (Destiny Frasqueri) brother being physically disabled, and Brendan's (Jimi Stanton) brother getting tangled up with undesirables. However their families and friends only ever provide mild complications, and the story never threatens to veer into melodrama, instead we get a sweet and authentic love story that is engaging on the strength of it's cast and spare, realistic dialogue.

    It's a great-looking film, and at around 90 minutes long it doesn't overstay it's welcome. While the story and direction play it fairly safe, the film doesn't suffer for it, and the result is a solid, if simple, romantic drama.

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