Fish Tank 2009

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FISH TANK is the story of Mia (KATIE JARVIS), a volatile 15-year-old, who is always in trouble and who has become excluded from school and ostracized by her friends.

Starring:
Katie Jarvis, Kierston Wareing
Runtime:
2 hours 2 minutes

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Fish Tank

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Andrea Arnold
Starring Katie Jarvis, Kierston Wareing
Supporting actors Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Griffiths
Studio Artificial Eye
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 April 2010
Format: DVD
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 By B. Ritan on 4 Sep 2010
Format: DVD
A masterpiece! The story, the actors, the photography - everything is awesome in this subtle, great movie!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Cox on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hill Walker on 26 Sep 2010
Format: DVD
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hillwalker on 22 Feb 2010
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Deservedly presented with a BAFTA award (Feb 2010) this movie, a follow-up to the awesome 'Red Road', is probably one of the best I have ever seen detailing what it's like today growing up in a sink estate. The cinematic structure, the scene setting and the acting - not least Katie Jarvis's spunky, vulnerable lead - is what cinema should be about, not America's air-brushed, short-attention-span hokum. If you care about British cinema, and are prepared to grit your teeth and watch the injustices we put today's deprived youth through rather than turn the other way, get hold of this film and tell your friends about it.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By jrhartley on 13 Oct 2009
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As with Red Road, this film explores concepts of loneliness, isolation, power as a woman. Andrea Arnold has an exceptional ability to capture a mood in her films - like Red Road, this film is heavily centred around a high-rise tenement block which seems removed from the London landscape, an unwanted protrusion. The lead character, Mia, is simultaneously incredibly strong and frail - her dancing and slagging off of her friends demonstrates her front, but despite her gobby banter with her mum and younger sister, you know there is affection and love in her and a need to be loved back and have her passion - her dancing - appreciated by others. Katie Jarvis deserves high praise for successfully walking this tightrope.

Alongside the grittiness of East London and Tilbury, this film also explores the problems posed by a new father figure in a home with a teenage girl and the emotional tensions that this can create. The over-riding feeling of the film is one of a haunting emptiness; as such, you should carefully plan when you watch this film as it definitely is not one with a defined start - middle - end; it is more phenomenological, but in a far more successful way than, say, Gus van Sant was with Paranoid Park. The film does have moments of dark comedy as well as moments of despair, and it is far from being nihilistic despite the difficult circumstances of its main protagonists. The film wasn't quite perfect, and I'm struggling to spell out why, but it is still well worth your time to watch.
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