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Keegan DeWitt's score for the pandemic-set love story; 'Little Fish,' rings with emotional truth / The Spool

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The Spool's Oluwatayo Adewole writes.....Based on an Aja Gabel short story and directed by Chad Hartigan, Little Fish follows a married couple as they try to hold onto what they love in a world ravaged by a pandemic. In a lot of ways, there are eerie similarities with our present reality, but the main difference is that the virus in this film slowly takes away memories – functioning very similarly to Alzheimer's. In the midst of a flurry of pandemic-themed media coming out which tries to reflect the situation which the world is presently in, Little Fish manages to distinguish itself from the crowd with its brilliant leads and emotional resonance.

Sean McElwee's beautiful cinematography, combined with Josh Crockett's sharp editing and the tender performances, make all these scenes hit hard. You feel the instability and pain that comes with the uncertainty of these lovers' future. Nothing is stable or permanent anymore.

That sense of loss permeates throughout Hartigan's story. There's an eeriness that's all too familiar to our current COVID anxiety: empty streets, constant bad news, collective trauma. Keegan DeWitt's score rings with emotional truth, punctuating moments of quiet loss. Mattson Tomlin's script offers up clever, harrowing moments when you see someone react to a dramatic onset loss of memory in public that gives some sense of unpredictability. 

Little Fish is a heart-wrenching tale of struggle and loss that resonates with our present moment. 

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