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Fish Tank (2009)

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).


4 comments on “Fish Tank (2009)

  1. SJHoneywell

    Eh, I found this one predictable, and therefore pretty lackluster. I’m starting to get bored with the coming of age stories that are, at their core, always the same. Girls have sex to grow up; boys have to see something die.

    • Klaus

      Good points on the boy girl experiences, and I agree -while this one was pretty realistic, nicely film, etc., I never really cared.

  2. CMrok93

    It’s a little too hard to watch at some points but it still works especially in its two key performances from Jarvis and Fassbender who is so slimy but so warming to watch on-screen. Good review Klaus.

    • Klaus

      Slimy for sure. It’s the kind of movie i’m glad to have seen once, but am not about to re-watch any time soon!

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