FISHBOWL (2020) Reviews of small-town mystery thriller

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Fishbowl is a 2020 American film about three teenage sisters attempting to deal with the loss of their mother and their obsessive father.

Directed by Alexa Kinigopoulos and Stephen Kinigopoulos from a screenplay co-written by Piero S. Iberti and Stephen Kinigopoulos, the movie stars Rick Kain, Belle Shickle, Emily Peachey, Caroline Coleman and Judith Hoag.


In Bishop, a town filled with secrets, the three Simon sisters, Belle (Belle Shickle), Rachel (Emily Peachey), and Jessa (Caroline Coleman), are trying to cope with their mother’s absence and maintain a normal life. Silently repressing them is Rick (Rick Kain), their damaged father who, adrift himself, is growing increasingly obsessed with The Rapture that he believes is imminent.

With home anything but a refuge, the sisters must cling to one another to survive. The girls, attending Catholic school, and going thru teen challenges, bear the brunt of their father’s quest to rejoin their mother. Belle, the oldest, is the force, Rachel, the pleaser, and Jessa, the youngest, chooses to be mute after tragedy befell their family. Belle is attracted to an older dangerous-type boy, Joey, who might or might not be on her side.

On the night that Rick believes to be The Rapture, he attempts to take his daughters to “the other side”. As the bell tolls, Joey shows his true colours and the mystery of their mother’s disappearance is revealed in a shattering climax…


Fishbowl is a film all about atmosphere and tension […] the strength of Fishbowl isn’t in its shock factor, that’s relatively low, but rather in the truculent, unrelenting atmosphere of dread that permeates the film and gets under your skin.” Geeks

“The lack of focus on the film’s key areas can make you lose your emotional connection to what is transpiring. In conclusion, I feel like the ending was a big swing and a miss. There were so many ways this film could have gone to reach the climax, and it went somewhere that left a sour taste in your mouth and not in a good way.” Music City Drive-In

“The Kinigopoulos’ excel at framing shots, getting the most out of them and drawing the viewer’s focus […] There is a sense of dread boiling as an ominous feeling hangs over the entire film. Fishbowl does not reinvent the genre, but it has a handful of scenes that stick with you long after the credits roll. Fishbowl does just enough to make it worth a watch.” Punch Drunk Critics

“Performances are strong across the board, newcomer Shickle in a breakout role, Kain remaining sympathetic, his Rick’s love for his daughters never in question. Fishbowl is compelling indie filmmaking by two siblings have created something provocative by using their own heritage and literally filming in their own backyard.” Reeling Reviews

Cast and characters (alphabetical):

Khali Addair … Young Belle
Ken Arnold … Mr Muir
Mackenzie Astin … Dog Owner Dad
Tony Barber … AA Member
Larissa Blair … Young Rachel
Connie Bowman … Sallie
Maria Broom … Sister Mary
Bobby J. Brown … Ron Peltz
Victoria Chang … Amy Chang
Felicity Clark … Young Jessa
David Cohen … Dinner Patron
Caroline Coleman … Jessa
Richard Allen Cramer … DUI student
Emily Franks … Church Attendant
Matt Gulbranson … Chorister
Judith Hoag … Macy
Jaci Jones … Stephanie Fellinger
Rick Kain … Rick
Lance Lewman … Gary Carter
Aaron Marcus … Preacher
Jean Hudson Miller … Iceball Lady
Alexa Moran … Extra
Emily Peachey … Rachel
Jill Redding … Old Lady
Chaz Riddle … Chorister
Carly Robell … Dog Owner’s Daughter
Kyle Schliefer … Waiter
Mary Agnes Shearon … Librarian
Belle Shickle … Belle
Jennifer Stokes … Angry Church Attendant
Alexander Swenson … Joey
Scott Swope … Church Parishioner
Tracy Teague … Mary
Dylan Thai … Extra
William L. Thomas … Homebuyer #2
Delaney Williams … Mr Barnes
Brandon Thane Wilson … Henry
Richard Zane … Waiter

Filming locations:

Baltimore, Ellicott City and Frederick, Maryland

Technical details:

85 minutes

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