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Fish Tank [DVD] [2009]

Katie Jarvis , Rebecca Griffiths , Andrea Arnold    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Katie Jarvis, Rebecca Griffiths, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Sydney Mary Nash
  • Directors: Andrea Arnold
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OMYC60
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,112 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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FISH TANK is the story of 15-year old Mia (Katie Jarvis), whose life is turned on its head when her mother (Kierston Wareing) brings home a new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender). Set in the decaying landscape and council estates of Essex, director Andrea Arnold reinforces her reputation as a British auteur and casts the same unflinching, unprejudiced gaze and touches on the themes of her Oscar-winning short WASP to create an original and unsettling tale for our age.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: A mother and daughter find themselves locked in an ugly battle over the same man in this drama from writer and director Andrea Arnold. Mia Williams (Katie Jarvis) is 15 years old and lives in a shabby apartment block with her mother, Joanne (Kierston Wareing), and younger sister, Tyler (Rebecca Griffiths). Mia is a reckless and rebellious teenager who frequently argues with her mother and sister and has run afoul of the authorities at school, leading to her being suspended. With plenty of time on her hands, Mia spends her days drinking when she can find alcohol and partying in a empty flat near her apartment. Joanne is a single mother, and she's begun dating a new man, Connor (Michael Fassbender); when Joanne brings him home to meet the girls, Mia is immediately attracted to him, and it's soon clear Connor feels the same way about her. Mia attempts to seduce Connor to take him away from her mother, and when she succeeds, Joanne's greatest anger is not with the man who has slept with her underaged daughter, but the girl who is now a rival for the affections of her lover. Fish Tank was an official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, British Independent Film Awards, Cannes Film Festival, European Film Awards, Stockholm Film Festival, ...Fish Tank

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and unassailable! 20 April 2010
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'Fish Tank' is by far the best film of 2009. Cinematically, it is a masterpiece. The tough world of a council estate in Essex is conveyed powerfully and unsentimentally. Arnold depicts the harsh conditions that predominantly white working-class people live under truthfully, without subordinating her art to the usual tired left-wing critiques of poverty. She shows us behaviour which would normally be perceived as aberrant - such as primary school children smoking - without passing judgement. Life is harsh in Arnold's film, but there is plenty of it. 'Fish Tank' portrays society's most desperate and ignored and their means of escape - young Mia (Katie Jarvis) wants to be a dancer; her neurotic mother (Kierston Wareing) finds escape through sex and alcohol, as does her mother's handsome and mysterious boyfriend (Michael Fassbender).

There is no Ken Loach style sting-in-the-tail in this film. Arnold is not out to make explicit political points, but one thing she does go out to show is the reality behind the lives of the so called 'underclass', people whom society demonises and slaps ASBOs on in the hope that they will disappear into a corner. The council estate and its surrounding area, the docklands around Tilbury, are skilfully rendered by beautiful, atmospheric camerawork - there are moments we see shots of the moon and a solitary tree blowing in the wind, subtly contrasting nature with the manmade dull grey concrete tower blocks and estate that Mia and all the other residents inhabit.

On the DVD extras for her previous feature film 'Red Road', Arnold commented on how amidst the poverty there is life and vibrancy to the people who live on council estates.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best British film since Harry Brown 20 April 2010
Fishtank is the story of Mia (Katie Jarvis); a 15-year old living on an estate in Barking. Behind closed doors she aspires of being a dancer and practices religiously, away from prying eyes, afraid to show any weakness to even her family. When her mother's new boyfriend, the charming Connor (Michael Fassbender) moves in and supports her in her dancing, she starts her coming of age and the lines between a friendship and her feelings start to blur.

I thought this film was really something special, completely different from the usual fare and had me captivated from beginnning to end. The relationship between Mia and Connor is electric, as he plays the supporting friend fantastically and you are not sure if it is completely one-sided or if there is mutual chemistry. Fishtank is well shot and illustrates the harshness of London council estates and what one must become in order to survive and persevere. More importantly, it shows Mia burning desire to escape her life through her aspirations to dance at any cost.

Katie Jarvis is an excellent actress for someone of her age and shows a full set of emotions, with both angry and sensitive moments, you really start to feel for her in her trials and tribulations. The film is more of a snapshot of her life than a biography; as it begins and ends rather abruptly and nothing is really left resolved at the end, despite this it is a very powerful film and will leave you thinking about some of the issues broached well after the credits have rolled. Highly recommended!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I've ever seen! 4 Sep 2010
A masterpiece! The story, the actors, the photography - everything is awesome in this subtle, great movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars excellent film but no subtitles at all 28 Feb 2013
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bad news for the hearing impaired, there are no subtitles at all, a shame.
But as the film has more to do with inner feelings than words ...
( strong language in the mouth of the rebellious teen only a shield, a firewall of sorts enabling her to cope with the grim, contemptible cynical world of inadequate adults )
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars life's hard, get on and live it 26 Sep 2010
Fish Tank is a wonderful fresh-faced drama about a teenage girl's difficult and somewhat emotionally deprived life with her young sister and uncaring mother on a rough housing estate. It's unvarnished, unsentimental, hard, honest and ends really effectively.

The short film Wasp which accompanies the main feature is an absolute edge of the seat gem. It tells the story of a very young and scandalously irresponsible mother of 3 small children over the period of about a day. Truly an excellent little film as deserving of a main billing but for its brevity.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANDREA'S MAGIC MOVIE 7 Aug 2010
This one's a curiously uplifting gem, dug out of earth that's best described as scorched.

Andrea Arnold's masterful film about the pains and all-too-rare pleasures of adolescence on a run-down housing estate is sure to become a classic of its kind. It's a well-crafted and beautifully shot tale of low-life horrors, boasting what must be some of the best contemporary performances on screen. It may not be a cheerful film, but it has moments of something like humour that serve to highlight its compellingly dark beauty.

If only the UK Film Council had been more consistent in its choice of material to invest our money in, it might not now be defunct. By investing in FISH TANK, it backed one of its winners.

Andrea Arnold's career as a director will be an interesting one to watch. She has something powerful to say, and has certainly come a long way since her days as a presenter on Saturday morning kids' telly.

FISH TANK cannot be recommended highly enough.
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