‘Homo Ciris’ Documents One Man’s Dream of Becoming a Fish

Our lonely protagonist makes his dreams a reality

Alexander Razin
SH0TGUN

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Image Credit: Jana Mináriková

We all have big dreams as children. Some want to become astronauts and doctors. Others want to be musicians and actors. A few, however, aspire to something much more meaningful.

A few people dream of being a fish. They want to explore the seven seas or swim with their aquatic family. Homo Ciris (Human Fish) tells us this story.

Homo Ciris (2013) is a short film directed by Jana Mináriková. The film documents a man’s dream of living among sea creatures. The unnamed protagonist spends his days working for a fish supplier and saving money until he visits an aquarium. He doesn’t just want to see it — he wants to live there.

Since Homo Ciris is a documentary, nothing about the movie is real. It’s a fictional story shot like a documentary. It’s a mockumentary. Many directors have made movies in this style, and this film joins that list.

Homo Ciris is not too long, with a running time of 22 minutes. However, I wish it was longer. The director could have used the time to extend a few scenes. There is a theme about protecting sea life and the ocean that the director could have expanded on.

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Alexander Razin
SH0TGUN

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