Angelfish Drama

TIFF Next Wave Review: ‘Angelfish’

February 12, 2020Britany Murphy

A tale of two young people from the Bronx who unexpectedly find love despite being from different walks of life, Angelfish is a coming-of-age drama that showcases the perseverance of love in the face of the many obstacles that may get in the way.

We first meet Brendan (Jimi Stanton) working at the deli counter of a local grocery store. A high school dropout, Brendan spends the majority of his time working, watching over his younger brother, Conor (Stanley Simons), and trying his best to support the family, despite the lack of help from his emotionally absent mother (Erin Davie). One fateful day at work, Brendan meets Eva (Destiny Nicole Frasqueri), who recently got accepted to college and is trying her best to help at home and fulfill her mother's wishes by getting a degree in accounting. However, Eva's true dreams lie elsewhere, for she wants to be an actress — though disappointing her mother is something Eva wants to avoid at all costs.

Directed by Peter Lee, Angelfish is narratively sparse, but what the film lacks in dialogue, it makes up for with the earnestness of its subject matter. The result not only speaks to love being found in unexpected moments, but it also shows that while hardships and familial obligations can make it difficult for two people to be together, love ultimately prevails.

Angelfish screens Sunday, February 16th at TIFF Next Wave. Its runtime is 1 hr. 37 min.

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