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DREAM WITH THE FISHES

SYNOPSIS:
A botched liquor store robbery and attempted mugging results in the teaming of two disparate losers, one who ostensibly wants to die, and the other who is going to die whether he likes it or not. Terry (David Arquette) prepares to jump off a bridge, but with Nickís (Brad Hunt) encouragement changes his mind. Terry subsequently learns that the heroin-addicted Nick has a terminal disease, and will die within a few weeks. But Nick does not want to die until heís done a little more living. Both of them come to realise that each has something to offer the other and this leads to a strange bargain. If Terry will help Nick enact his deepest fantasies, Nick will kill Terry for real. This sets the stage for many twisted misadventures involving a wide variety of fellow misanthropes.

"Poignant and strangely uplifting, this is a compelling two hander built on an unusual and fascinating premise. Finn Taylorís film brings together two different and complex characters and gives them appeal: an observer of life, Terry (David Arquette), sensitive and vulnerable; and an active participant, Nick (Brad Hunt), edgy and out of control. The journey of these two unlikely companions who become soul-mates while experiencing a passionate love/hate relationship, is endearing. There is a certain immediacy to the film and the moody, emotive music soundtrack which colours the ups and downs adds greatly to their exploration of hopes, dreams and fantasies. The notion of using fantasy to cope with reality may not be new, but in this context there is a certain raw element that offers a different slant. The characters are firmly established from the beginning, and we genuinely empathise for them in both their individual and joint struggles to cope with reality. The film gels as an overall vision or entity - the script, direction, production values and the performances are all strong. Itís a moving film that delivers an impact; after all, laughter and tears are never far apart."
Louise Keller

"This quirky little black comedy was a minor surprise at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Its low-budget doesn't mask its good intentions, though it's a film that tends to ramble and has many slow and awkward passages. Its flaws notwithstanding, the film has a certain charm, a quiet, insular intelligence that separates it from many of its independent rivals. Featuring some standout performances, Fishes explores the purity of friendship, and does so with a unique and unpretentious brashness rarely seen in American films. It takes risks and it does so with vitality and humour. Even with its imperfections, Dream with the Fishes is a journey worth taking."
Paul Fischer

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DREAM WITH THE FISHES (MA)
(US)

CAST: David Arquette, Brad Hunt, Kathryn Erbe, Cathy Moriaty, Patrick McGaw, Allyce Beasley, J.E. Freeman

DIRECTOR: Finn Taylor

PRODUCER: Johnny Wow, Mitchell Stein

SCRIPT: Finn Taylor (story by Finn Taylor, Jeffrey Brown)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Barry Stone

EDITOR: Nick LeCompte

MUSIC: Tito Larriva

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Justin McCartney

RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Globe

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 23, 1997







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