The Amazing Catfish ★★★

22-year old Claudia was orphaned at age 2, and is now living alone, working in a supermarket demonstrating sausages and depilatory creams. Gradually, seemingly by fate, she becomes integrated into a large family: mother, 3 daughters and a young son. The mother is dying of AIDS; and Claudia gradually takes over the role of surrogate sister/mother. That is the bare-bones premise of this heartfelt Mexican family drama set in the 1990s. The film was very women-centered...not the kind of film I usually take to. However there is no denying that it had emotional resonance and was well done.