Photo courtesy of GAT Productions.
It’s the last day of Inside Out, but there are still a few screenings you can catch before Toronto’s queer film fest closes up shop for another year. Last year’s closing-night gala was XXY, an Argentinian movie from director Lucia Puenzo that told the touching story of an intersex teen named Alex who was faced with a difficult decision: to live life as a man, or a woman. This year’s closing gala film is another from Puenzo, once again starring Ines Efron (XXY‘s Alex) as a troubled queer teen.
This time, Efron plays Lala, a wealthy Argentinian girl who’s secretly having an affair with her family’s maid, Paraguayan Ailin. Things get complicated when Lala’s father, a judge who also happens to find Ailin rather fetching, is murdered, causing Lala to flee to Paraguay, while Ailin is imprisoned. The narrative jumps back and forth in time, which can occasionally make things a bit confusing. There are definitely tender moments in the film, but the focus is much more on sexy intrigue than the more human drama of XXY. The Fish Child is a more ambitious film that Puenzo’s previous effort, but not quite as successful. There is, however, a rather steamy lesbian tub scene. If, you know, that’s your thing.
The Fish Child screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Bloor Cinema.