in about 100 words or less
UK 124m, Colour
Director: Andrea Arnold; Cast: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths, Harry Treadaway, Sydney Mary Nash, Sarah Bayes
Fish Tank is a dark family drama which follows Mia – an aggressive, grubby and unlikable fifteen year old girl who lives in an East London flat with her unsuitable single mother and her foul-mouthed little sister. Without any real friends, Mia aimlessly drifts through her life believing that she might somehow earn a living dancing to hip hop music. As a coming of age movie, Fish Tank is as gritty and bleak as they come, with the mother’s abusive boyfriend becoming Mia’s “inspiration”. As few, if any, characters are even remotely likable, it’s difficult to find much sympathy for anyone involved in this highly realistic and desperate story (Klaus Ming February 2012).