Indie Fresh List

Indie Fresh List: Little Fish, Two of Us, and Baby Done

Check out the latest Fresh indie releases, including what's in theaters, what's on VOD, and what's coming soon.

by | February 5, 2021 | Comments

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This week for our Indie Fresh List, we have a pair of very different love stories: one about two lovers who are trying to stay together after their secret affair is threatened, and a sci-fi romance in which one of the pair is slowly losing their memories. In our Spotlight Section, we have a recent comedy about a reluctant set of parents-to-be and an interview with one of the leads, Matthew Lewis. Finally, in our trailer section, we have new clips featuring Margret Qualley and Benedict Cumberbatch.

New This Weekend

Little Fish (2020)


Sound of Metal star Olivia Cooke plays another girlfriend trying to heal her broken partner in Little Fish. The sci-fi romance about a couple trying to survive after one is afflicted with a memory-erasing virus has been garnering positive reviews with critics and makes for interesting pandemic viewing. Cooke gives an incredible performance while her co-star Jack O’Connell is equally impressive in this inventive take on the amnesia-romance trope. “Little Fish eclipses its conceit, delicately examining both the unique pain that is the loss of intimacy and what makes us fall in love with someone again and again,” writes Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times.

Playing in theaters and available on VOD now.

Two of Us (2019)


There have been several instances of LGBTQ cinema being passed over as the French selection for Best International Feature at the Oscars; the AIDS drama BPM and Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of Lady on Fire are just two recent examples. This year, though, wrongs will be righted as the lesbian romance Two of Us has been chosen as the official French selection for the 2021 Academy Awards. The story of two women who have been in a passionate secret love affair for decades is a heartbreaking tale of love and identity that Christopher Llewellyn Reed of Film Festival Today writes is “filled with heartbreaking moments and heartfelt performances” and “proves that it is never too late to come out. Your life may depend on it.”

Available now in select theaters on VOD. 

Spotlight Pick

Baby Done (2020)


Oscar-winner Taika Waititi and his Jojo Rabbit producing partner Carthew Neal are back on the Indie Fresh List with a new hilarious rom-com about a pair of reluctant millennial parents. Matthew Lewis and New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo play a long-term couple who become pregnant and choose to embark on a “baby bucket list” of things they want to do before they become “boring parents.” Matafeo, who previously starred in another Neal & Waititi production, The Breaker Upperers, is a revelation in this hilarious star-making vehicle, and Lewis gives one of his most captivating performances as her earnest partner who, despite not carrying the child, seems to be the only one to grasp the reality of the imminent birth. We recently chatted with Lewis about working in his generation’s push to delay parenthood, what’s on his Baby Bucket List, and what it was like working with Matafeo.

Jacqueline Coley for Rotten Tomatoes: How did you get involved with the project and why did you want to sign on?

Matthew Lewis: I read the script before I even knew about anybody involved with it. I loved the story and thought it would really resonate with a lot of people. I especially enjoyed the gender reversal, in that typically it’s the men who are running away from responsibility and having a baby and want to selfishly get on with their lives and leave the woman to carry the burden both metaphorically and physically. This movie is the opposite; it’s Tim that is desperate to be a good dad, the kind of dad that he never had, whereas Zoe is trying to stay independent and is scared of having to move on to the next stage of her life and motherhood. Not to mention I really felt that I “got” Tim, I understood him. Sometimes you read a script, and even if you like it, it feels like it’s going to be an effort; you’re going to have to work to discover this character and create something. Other times, like this, it’s all there on the page. You just get it, and you know exactly who he is, who you want him to be, how he talks, etc. That’s always nice. They’re both fun in their own way, and it still works, but it’s a lot less work.

Talk about Rose Matafeo. Why is she such a great person to fall in love with on screen?

Rose is incredibly talented. People already know her for comedy, but she’s got a real instinct for drama, and it’s incredibly natural and charming, and being able to fuse both is not easy, but she just knows how to do it. She loves film and so has a keen understanding of its structure and what works and what doesn’t — being a master of improv helps too. It’s impressive to see somebody instinctively understand how to be a leader both on-screen and off despite never having done it before.

There has been a lot of talk about Millennials and Gen Zers waiting longer to have kids. Do you think this movie speaks to that?

Yeah, absolutely. My generation and especially the one after, at least in the western world, live in this weird sort of limbo where so many simultaneously struggle to survive, to get a job, to earn a living wage, to get by, and yet also live in a world of opportunity, a world where you can fly around the world. You can live and work in other countries. Or at least that’s the idea we’re sold. We have more opportunity than any generation in history to do so many things — the world is smaller than it’s ever been — and there’s a worry that if you have kids and settle down before you’ve seen and done everything, then you’ve failed. You’ve “wasted your life.” But then also, nobody has any money and can’t pay their rent. I feel like so many people are putting off having kids in the hopes they can do all this stuff they’ve been promised they can do, but then they end up not being able to afford it, so they just go out drinking at the weekend. But you know what? That’s fine, isn’t it.

Having kids, I’m sure, is a beautiful, wonderful thing, but you don’t have to. And anyone who chooses to is being entirely selfless, and that’s amazing. But it’s also not an indictment of a person to not want to. There’s f—ing loads of humans on earth; we don’t really need more. But I guess the point is that we’re all led to believe that we can do all this cool stuff, but if we don’t and just have kids, then our life sucks and we’ve missed out. But a lot of (most?) people can’t even do those things anyway, but we because follow billionaires’ Instagrams we get annoyed we have kids instead of yachts. Or something? But yeah, this film is about that. Sort of.

What would you put on your “Baby Bucket List?”

I’ve been lucky that I had a few things I always wanted to do in my life and I’ve managed to do them. Not to sit here and chat about the cool s–t I’ve been lucky enough to do, but I always wanted to swim with great whites, skydive, and bungee jump, and I’ve managed to do all three, the latter of which was achieved on this film! I’ve been trying to think in lockdown what I’ll do when we’re allowed out. It’s quite basic: Go out and see people. Go to a pub. An arcade? Play football. I’ve always wanted to go watch England play Ashes cricket in Australia. I suppose that’s a dream. Yeah, I could try to do that. I want to see Leeds play in the Premier League. They’re back there now — played 20-odd games and nobody can go. That’s rubbish, so I’d like to go watch them when we’re allowed.

Baby Done is available to rent or buy on VOD.

Along with…

94% Alone (2020) , a thriller about a woman on the run who is stalked by a violent predator.
100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) , a documentary that examines the fight against voter disenfranchisement.
93% Another Round (2020) , starring Mads Mikkelsen in Thomas Vinterberg’s dramatic comedy about four teachers who decide to drink at work.
63% Bad Hair (2020) , a horror film about a young woman who gets a killer weave.
97% Billie (2019) , a documentary biopic on famed jazz singer Billie Holiday.
89% Black Bear (2020) , about a writer struggling to find story who heads to a remote cabin to meet married friends and make potentially inspirational mischief between the couple.
71% Black Box (2020) , a thriller about a widower recovering from a traumatic brain injury who undergoes experimental treatment.
80% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) , a rom-com about an aimless twenty-something who creates an art exhibit to showcase items from past relationships as a means to find closure.
79% Charm City Kings (2020) , a drama about a young man who is seduced by the Baltimore street bike community.
90% The Climb (2019) , a comedy about a pair of best friends whose relationship is tested when one of them gets involved with a woman.
91% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) , a horror film about a pair of siblings who discover something sinister when they return to their childhood home to care for their dying father.
97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) , a Spike Lee-directed concert documentary of Talking Heads frontman David Byrne’s live stage show.
89% Dear Santa (2020) , a documentary about the long tradition of the United States Postal Service’s Dear Santa program.
98% Disclosure (2020) , an in-depth documentary about trans performers on screen.
99% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) , about a middle-aged playwright who looks to re-invent herself by returning to her hip hop roots.
79% I Am Greta (2020) , a powerful documentary on climate activist Greta Thunberg.
69% Kindred (2020) , a thriller about a young pregnant woman who suspects the family caring for her has nefarious intentions for her unborn child. 
98% MLK/FBI (2020) , a documentary about the U.S. government’s attempts to surveil and discredit Martin Luther King, Jr. 
98% One Night in Miami (2020) , Regina King’s directorial debut about a fictionalized evening spent together in a hotel room by Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke, Malcolm X, and Jim Brown. 
76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) , a drama about a woman trying to put her life back together after a tragedy.
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) , starring Carey Mulligan in a darkly comic drama about a med school dropout who spends her evenings bringing a form of justice to would-be sexual predators.
78% Radium Girls (2018) , about a group of female dial painters who take on the system after they discover their employer has been knowingly infecting them with deadly radium.
97% The Reason I Jump (2020) , a documentary following five young people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
94% Residue (2020) , about an Ethiopian filmmaker who heads home from school to find his community is unrecognizable. 
95% (2020) , a coming-of-age romantic comedy about a wild night on a college campus. 
79% Synchronic (2019) , a sci-fi thriller about a pair of best friend EMTs who get caught up in a series of strange events while on duty.
98% Time (2020) , a documentary about a woman’s fight to free her husband from prison.
92% Unpregnant (2020) , a comedy about two former best friends who cross state lines to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
90% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) , a dark comedy-thriller about a Sheriff who appears to be the only person not convinced the town is being terrorized by a werewolf.

New Indie Trailers

My Salinger Year

Margaret Qualley stars as a literary assistant who impersonates one of her boss’s clients who just happens to be one of the most reclusive writers in the world: J.D. Salinger.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

This time loop romantic comedy centers on a couple who discover they are the only people who realize they are living the same day over and over again.

The Courier

Benedict Cumberbatch plays an unassuming banker who finds himself caught in a web of spies after he is asked to become a courier by the British government.

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