Smiling Fish And Goat On Fire (Goat On Fire And Smiling Fish)


(out of 5)

Two brothers (real-life siblings  and ) living in California are as opposite as brothers can be: Chris is an intensely uptight and concerned accountant, while his younger brother Tony is a free-spirited, struggling actor. Their differing personalities inspired their half-Native grandmother to give them the nicknames of the title when they were children, and since their parents died in a car accident in their younger years they have pretty much been on their own. Now their lives are at a standstill while they deal with dysfunctional love lives and their possibly estranged relationship with each other. That is, until two new women come into their lives:  Chris meets a sexy Italian animal wrangler, and Tony finds romance with his mail delivery woman. All the usual elements of low-budget independent films are here, from low-key production values to naturalistic photography and sound recording, all of them serving the simple and insightful, charming story with strength. The screenplay, co-written by the Martini brothers and director Kevin Jordan, is excellent, as is all the acting involved.

One Sock Productions, Parabellum Productions, Red Horse Films, Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire LLC

USA, 1999

Directed by

Story by Kevin Jordan, , , Screenplay by Derick Martini, Steven Martini

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Toronto International Film Festival 1999

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