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Fish Tank 2009

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, Michael Fassbender
Runtime:
2 hours, 2 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Andrea Arnold
Starring Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender
Supporting actors Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths, Harry Treadaway, Sydney Mary Nash, Carrie-Ann Savill, Toyin Ogidi, Grant Wild, Sarah Bayes, Charlotte Collins, Kirsty Smith, Chelsea Chase, Brooke Hobby, Jason Maza, Alan Francis, Ben Francis, Jack Gordon, Syrus, Michael Prior
Studio Curzon Artificial Eye
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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By Laura TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had never heard of this film but happened to flick over to BBC2 last night as it was just starting and I must say, I was transfixed from start to finish. At the end, I started googling it to find out more and was amazed to find that Katie Jarvis had never acted before and was actually arguing with her boyfriend when the casting agent approached her. From never having any acting experience, Katie did an amazing job. I have looked to see if she has been in anything else since but she hasn't which is a shame although she has had a baby, so must be concentrating on motherhood for now.
I loved the music and the dance scenes and I thought Michael Fassbender played a great part and there was chemistry between him and Jarvis. The supporting cast were great as well.
I highly recommend this film. I have now ordered 'Red Road' another film by the Director.
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Tracksuits, dogs, strong cider and bad sound systems. You know the kind of place this film is set, it might be somewhere nearby that you regularly avoid. There are no Shameless cliché's here though, but an entrancing insight into a young girls life as she tries to tip toe through the minefield of chaotic adult lives that surround her. Mia (Jarvis) lives with her young mother, who hasn't tired of partying yet, and her younger sister in a toxic state of constant conflict. When her mothers new boyfriend (Fassbender) appears on the scene, the monotony appears to break and Mia starts to glimpse a different perspective on her life and future.
This is a hyper-real film with the raw Katie Jarvis as the armoured but vulnerable girl in the lead role pitched perfectly against Michael Fassbender in one of his pre-Hollywood performances. Directorially, Shane Meadows would be the obvious analogy as best in British realist drama, but as a film it's less tailored which only adds to its ability to absorb the viewer into the grubbily intriguing plot.
One of my favourite films for lots of reasons, but not for those of delicate sensibilities; expect the basest (and in my view, funniest) types of language in insult trading, and some terribly uncomfortable scenes rising from the total lack of boundaries of the main characters. All in all though an amazing film, worth a watch, although perhaps on your own with a strong drink.
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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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I saw Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" the day after seeing "Cedar Rapids," and it restored my faith in movie-making. This is a very good movie, one in which the casting, the acting, the photography, the music, and the narrative all work together very satisfyingly to show you something humanly interesting -- "to make you see," as Conrad said a good story should do. What we see here is an unexceptional life, and the story has its generic elements ("coming of age story," let's say), but the young woman, Mia (Katie Jarvis), whose story it is, is revealed with great clarity and great compassion by a film-maker who understands how particular family circumstances, education (or lack of it), as well as economic and social contexts can all work, along with an individual's personal aspirations at a particular stage of development to make her the person that she is -- and the movie is just sentimental (or open-hearted) enough to let us nourish the hope that as her circumstances and self-awareness change she may not always be under the kinds of pressures that she is under at fifteen, her age in the movie.

The story is pretty simple -- Mia lives with her single mother, Joanne (Kierston Wareing), and younger sister, Tyler (Rebecca Griffiths) in the Mardyke Estate in Essex, across the Thames estuary from London, in a low-rent apartment, about which I will only say that the decor and the surroundings tell you almost all you need to know, and Arnold's camera takes its time in capturing it throughout the movie. It isn't a slum by any means, but we are a long way here from Mike Leigh's middle-class (even lower middle-class) settings.
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