Broken relationships and deadly viruses in “Little Fish”

Soko, Jack O'Connell, Raúl Castillo, and Olivia Cooke in Little Fish (2020)

How many times we have already said “reality outdoes fiction” since the COVID-19 pandemic started? Well, here in Ganiveta already a handful of times. It’s like we can’t talk or think about anything else, right? We want our life back! But, in the meantime, let’s see how some filmmakers accidentally predicted somehow all the madness we are living in.

Romantic science-fiction drama Little Fish (2020) centers on a couple that fights to hold their relationship together as a memory loss virus spreads and threatens to erase the history of their love and courtship. More depressing than relaxing, and more into real-life drama than entertaining fantasy science-fiction, the movie works perfectly as an unintentional Covid metaphor.

The movie is the new film for awards-winner Chad Hartigan, known for drama-oriented movies This Is Martin Bonner (2013) and Morris from America (2016). The screenplay has been written by Mattson Tomlin, one of the collaborators of the script for The Batman (2022), and it is based on the short story of the same name by Aja Gabel.

The main cast for Little Fish (2020) is formed by Olivia Cooke, Jack O’Connell, Soko, Raúl Castillo, David Lennon, and Mackenzie Cardwell.

After being part in 2020 of the line-up of film festivals like Newport Beach Film Festival, Philadelphia International Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Hainan Island International Film Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival, Little Fish (2020) is set for a release on February 5, 2021, via IFC Films. Here you can watch its official trailer.


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