Goldfish Memory. Now this is subtle Irish film is what a sex comedy is supposed to be.
Talk about six degrees of separation…or should I say SEX degrees of separation? This gang of horny people—gay, straight, bi, commitment obsessed, commitmentphobic—are all basically sleeping with each other and don't know it. Clara (Fiona O'Shaughnessy) is dating older college professor Tom (Sean Campion), who has his eyes on student Isolde (Fiona Glascott). So Clara, who never considered herself bi, dumps him and starts dating reporter Angie (Flora Montgomery). Meanwhile, Clara's flirting with her male friend Conzo (Demien McAdam), which doesn't sit well with Angie. Angie's gay friend Red (Keith McErlean) has the hots for a waiter at the diner named David Peter Gaynor). Problem is, David claims he's not gay and is dating Rosie (Lisa Hearns). So who is Rosie going to date when she finds out David's actually into men and sleeping with Red? Who's going to stay together? Who will end up alone? Who will end up pregnant? Who's gay? Who's straight? Will everyone's paths ever cross all at one time? Why can't an adorable and distinguished looking older man like Tom keep a woman? And why doesn't he just go for men, because there are plenty who would have him, including yours truly.
These lighthearted vignettes about love and lust are funny (sometimes laugh out loud funny), absurdly yet believably coincidental, and sexy. Not to mention there's a hot soundtrack to go along with it. Then there's the mysterious ode to the goldfish….
The film is presented in 1:85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen. The print is quite clean, if not a bit grainy. After that, it's all over the map. It goes from sharp to blurry, richly colorful to bland, dark/light contrast that offers great depth to one dimensional haloing softness. While the negative picture aspects are never extreme, they are quite noticeable as the image flickers back and forth between scenes.
The 2.0 stereo makes up for some of the drawbacks of the video. Just a 2 channel setup, yet it creates nice depth. And the upbeat soundtrack gets a good kick in the bass.
The fish themed menu graphics are fun too look at. There are only 8 chapter breaks to select from, and closed caption subtitles. Plus there are 8 previews for other films released by Wolfe. Finally, there's the trailer for the movie, which is an odd experience, because it looks most times like the movie was shot onto video. Perhaps it was, and then the final product was given a "film" quality with a little cinematic magic.
And let me not forget the bonus CD, which is the soundtrack to the movie. It's mostly loungy sounding music, with a dance tune thrown in (the result of a club scene in the movie) some guitar heavy tracks, and even a hip hop song. One of the performers is "Irish Sensation" (as stated on the DVD case burst) Damien Rice. Other artists include Walls, The Frames and Richie Buckley.
Goldfish Memory is one of the better sex comedies out there, crossing all lines of sexuality to bring us a sexy little romp with a touch of Irish brogue.