Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.88 (16 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Adolfo Alix, Jr.

Writer: Jerry Gracio

Cast: Cherry Pie Picache, Bembol Roco, Anita Linda, Rosanna Roces, Angel Aquino, Alan Paule, Evelyn Vargas, Arnold Reyes

Synopsis: In the middle of a storm, Lina gives birth.  Those who witnessed it were shocked—her son is a fish.  Miguel cannot accept it.  Lina embraces what has happened and treats the fish as her real son.  Strange and surreal moments test Lina’s love for her offspring.  What unfolds is a fable that questions the needs and compromises of a real family.

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Reviews:

5.0        Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

“In the hands of a lesser director and a lesser actress, Isda would have been a total mess of a film. In order to make the outrageous story work, you have to navigate somewhere between sentimental and comical, and Alix does just that.” (Read full review)

5.0        Aussy Aportadera (Juice.ph)

Isda is about local legends, fantasy in the city, magic and religion. The best part about it? You would believe it. Based on Palanca Awardee Jerry Gracio’s screenplay, the storytelling is just tight.” (Read full review)

4.0        Oggs Cruz  (Twitch)

“Alix does not completely abandon reality in his foray into the supernatural. Picache and Roco admirably wear their roles with unquestionable conviction, blurring further the line that separates the gnawing reality of the depicted poverty and the fantasy of the couple’s situation.” (Read full review)

4.0        Don Jaucian (Pelikula Tumblr)

“It’s a situation that will eventually wind down to comedy but Alix creates a film so lovingly crafted you can’t help but admire its beauty in its most quiet and intimate moments. Alix knows how to tell a story well and he does not let his focus stray, adding layers that give depth to Lina’s plight.” (Read full review)

3.5        Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It’s all strangely beautiful, the film able to touch on matters of love and faith with a flair for the absurd. It all kind of peters out in the end, but that does nothing to diminish the joy of the middle portion.” (Read full review)

3.5        Manuel Pangaruy (IndioCine)

“Gusto ko si Ms. Picache rito. Kahit wala s’yang masyadong ipinakitang bago, na-maintain naman n’ya ‘yung pagiging consistent sa delivery. Hindi n’ya nilagyan ng butas ang storytelling na maaaring kasingitan ng pagkutya mula sa audience. Natatawa ang manonood hindi dahil sa kanyang dilemma kundi sa irony ng kanyang sitwasyon.” (Read full review)

3.5        Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“The main asset of the film was the strong ensemble cast, led by Cherry Pie Picache and Bembol Roco.  Cherry Pie aced her role, giving one of her personal bests playing the mother who gave birth to a fish.” (Read full review)

3.5        Bobet Bagundang (Denouements)

“Notable in the film is (Alix’s) ability to merge the theme of the couple’s loneliness and desolation with unobtrusive humor and timing. Viewers are treated with moments in the film where you might feel guilty to laugh but give in instead.” (Read full review)

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4.5        Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“Medyo na o-off ako pag nag sosocial-commentary, pero okay lang. Pero habang tumatawa yung iba, nalulungkot ako, naaawa… Pero naman, sana naman inayos ang English subtitles.”

4.0        Json Javier (Cinephiles)

“It could have been a disaster but Adolf Alix, Jr. knew his material and turned an absurd premise into compelling drama. It’s just funny that this was the kind of movie that was mocked by Septic Tank. And it had Cherry Pie Picache. LOL!”

4.0        Redundante Mendoza (Cinephiles)

“Finally all film elements fell in the right/best places in an Adolf Alix movie. Though, i really hate the fact that Angeli Bayani is always being reduced to cameo role in his every film. One keeps on asking. One keeps on accepting.”

4.0        Johnny Jepp (Cinephiles)

“Siniryoso ko yung emosyon ni Lina (Cherry Pie) at Miguel (Bembol Rocco) kaya nadala ako. Drama sya eh pero may parts talaga na comedy yung dating sa tao.Kaya andaming tumatawa. :D”

4.0        Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“I didn’t expect much of Isda. I thought it would be another exploitation of Philippine social ills. I was wrong. Adolfo Alix’s confident direction and Cherry Pie Picache’s sympathetic performance as the mother of the fish elevated the movie to greater heights.”

3.5        Sanriel Ajero (Another Sani Day)

“Was pleasantly surprised. Haven’t seen Adela so this might be the first Alix I truly liked.”

3.5        Mayk Juat (Cinephiles)

“Well shot, but you need to have a good sense of humor to appreciate it.”

2.5        Lyndon Maburaot (Cinephiles)

“A parable that is as simplistic as the phenomenon is not.”