Fucking Fish

"What does your paradise look like?" – "Dark. Quiet. Wet. And full of fish."

Jan likes Shakespeare, water and fish. Nina likes roller-skates, cars and brightly dyed hair. Jan loves Nina. Nina loves Jan, but…

Do Fish Do It? (Original Title Fickende Fische – Fucking Fish) is a film about first love, the problems of growing up, the vital question if fish have sex and a threat this love is exposed to. 16-year old Jan is absent-mindedly strolling through the streets when he’s run over by roller-skating Nina. As fast as she has stormed into his life, however, she rushes off again. Nina is 15 and full of crazy ideas. She lives with her brother, her dad & his new girlfriend. Her mother isn’t in touch much. That’s why there is the unconventional Angel whose own daughter disappeared years ago and who is Nina’s best friend and substitute mother. Jan is a bit shy, with a sheltered upbringing. Yet the image of the perfect family is an illusion. Jan feels lonely and the only person who seems to understand him is his grandfather.

Jan’s great passion is water and fish for they make him forget about his illness. When Jan tries to carry a newly-acquired fish home safely, Nina bumps into him after another failed attempt to brake. As a result, the fish dies. Nina feels guilty, doesn’t want to let Jan go. Within a short time they get very close and Nina becomes equally fascinated by water and its scaly inhabitants. They start searching for an answer to the question if fish have sex and secretly meet at night to have picnics at the municipal aquarium. This is not without effect, friendship develops into tender love. Jan’s parents, who worry about their son’s health, are against the relationship. Only Jan’s grandfather stands by him and doesn’t begrudge him his happiness. On her birthday Nina learns that her father’s girlfriend is pregnant. Appalled, she flees to Jan. For the first time they end up in bed together. Basically a rather innocent encounter but Jan realizes all of a sudden that he’s dangerous for Nina and will continue to be so. He withdraws into his dream world – "dark, quiet, wet and full of fish"

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Almut Getto created something only a few filmmakers are able to — an intimate portrait of young people falling in love for the first time. Although it all happens with one of the protagonists being HIV-positive, this is not another melodramatic movie about AIDS. Do Fish Do It? is first and above all a love story among two teens with all the normal problems, and AIDS being "just" one of them. Getto and her young actors perfectly walk the narrow line between intimate feelings and unrelenting fate – and manage to make the viewer an intimate part of this relationship.

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14 thoughts on “Fucking Fish”

    1. Thanks for the great film.

      Now, did anyone else not quite get the ending? Was it metaphorical? Or did that really happen? And if so, why?

      The movie had me until the last moment.

    1. Ich muss um Entschuldigung bitten, ich weiß, das gehört hier eigentlich nicht hin, und es wird den meisten ohnehin nichts sagen. Aber ich finde, es gehört sich nicht, so etwas schweigend zu übergehen, und ich weiß keinen anderen Platz dafür.

      Wenn ich schon mal wieder über Jens’ alte Web-Adresse stolpere (hallo Jens!), schaue ich natürlich rein, klicke aus lauter Nostalgie aufs Ersatzforum, und dann steht da tatsächlich was neues, wahrscheinlich bisher unbemerkt, und zwar leider das da:

      “Rolf alias Rolf aus Bremen alias Whitewind usw. ist 2009 verstorben: Autor, Antiquar, Geschichtenschreiber und fleißiger, manchmal nervtötend fleißiger “Arenaposter”. Vielleicht erinnert sich hier jemand an ihn? Irgendwo wollte ichs hinschreiben. Liebe Grüße — Hamid”

      Ich erinnere mich an ihn, vielleicht auch ein paar von den Leuten, die hier reinschauen, deshalb …

      “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am a part of mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

      Ein Nachruf (von Josi) findet sich hier:
      http://www.forum.marokko.net/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=100352

  1. I like it that European cinema can still show full nudity and sex scenes like this – in a matter of fact , natural way..

    Sad though that there still has not been any progress in finding a cure or vaccine against Aids.

    1. No so much for a cure, but the newer drugs have at least given some quality of life back to peeps infected.

      So much so that many young adults have misinterpreted this as being able to live on the drugs indefinitely and therefore; some are exhibiting reckless, unsafe sexual behavior again…..at least in the States.

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