The lead outcast here is Roary (John Savage), who attempts to end his life by jumping from a 10-story window. Through dumb luck he survives, but emerges months later from the hospital with a crippled leg and a broken spirit. Desperate for something to do, he heads over to the local bar, Max's, which looks like the kind of place that serves nothing but procrastination and broken dreams.
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Perhaps with all of this description of the chaotic subtropical netherworld that is LA, you can understand why Goat and Fire and Smiling Fish is about as good of a descriptive title as you're going to get. The title comes from the nicknames Goat on Fire and Smiling Fish (real-life brothers Derick and Steven Martini) which their grandmother, who believed them part Indian, bestowed upon them. And, although I still really don't have a clue which one of the brothers is Goat on Fire and which is Smiling Fish, we can rest easy that this curiosity-invoking title does not play into the film at all.
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Swinton herself is an ex-boarding school pupil.