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'Swim Little Fish Swim' drowns in tired take on 'artistes'
'Swim Little Fish Swim' drowns in tired take on 'artistes'

When it comes to contemporary movie milieus, the phrase "downtown boho hipsters" strikes fear into the hearts of cliché-dreading filmgoers. French writer-directors Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar approach that over-romanticized Manhattan scene with wide-eyed wonder in "Swim Little Fish Swim," understandably entranced by the street energy of the city in summer while cutting les artistes way too much slack. But there's also an undertow, the most compelling element in an art-versus-commerce drama that consists of one beautifully aching performance surrounded by a whole lotta twee. The story concerns two supposedly pure creative spirits, timid and...

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