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Fish Tank (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (2009)

Michael Fassbender , Katie Jarvis , Andrea Arnold  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Fassbender, Katie Jarvis, Charlotte Collins, Rebecca Griffiths, Carrie-Ann Savill
  • Directors: Andrea Arnold
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,302 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Andrea Arnold, director of photography Robbie Ryan, and editor Nicolas Chaudeurge, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • All three of Arnold�s short films: Milk (1998), Dog (2001), and the Oscar-winning Wasp (2003)
  • New video interview with actor Kierston Wareing
  • Interview with actor Michael Fassbender from 2009
  • Audition footage
  • Stills gallery by on-set photographer Holly Horner
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie

  • Editorial Reviews

    British director Andrea Arnold (Red Road) won the Cannes Jury Prize for the searing and invigorating FISH TANK, about a fifteen-year-old girl, Mia (electrifying newcomer Katie Jarvis), who lives with her mother and sister in the depressed housing projects of Essex. Mia�s adolescent conflicts and emerging sexuality reach boiling points when her mother�s new boyfriend (a lethally attractive Michael Fassbender [Hunger, Inglourious Basterds]) enters the picture. In her young career, Arnold has already proven herself to be a master of social realism (evoking the work of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach), investing her sympathetic portraits of dead-end lives with a poetic, earthy sensibility all her own. FISH TANK heralds the official arrival of a major new filmmaker.

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    56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank March 27, 2010
    Tilbury Town railroad station, Tilbury, Essex, England - a common event unfolds on the train platform. A young woman is arguing with her boyfriend. But what seems like a natural occurrence to the naked eye is a turning point in nineteen-year-old Katie Jarvis's life, as an Oscar®-winning director, Andrea Arnold, was watching the argument unfold from across the train platform. And thus begins the story of Fish Tank, a gritty and gripping 2009 drama, set in England, directed by Andrea Arnold. Katie Jarvis, the volatile and angry girlfriend on the platform, stars as Mia Williams, a fifteen-year-old binge drinking high-school dropout, living in a small tenement with her single mother Joanne, played by the British Independent Film Award nominee Kierston Waering, and her younger sister Tyler, played by Rebecca Griffiths. Mia is an expelled student, a volatile adolescent, and a passionate street dancer. After a day of picking fights with fellow street-dancing females, illegally purchasing alcohol from street dealers, avoiding a conference with a secondary school representative and trying to rescue a white horse from a seemingly abandoned lot, the teenager returns home to find that her mother has brought home a young man, Connor, played by Hunger's Michael Fassbender. Connor is a seemingly nice man, who takes Mia, Joanne and Tyler on a family drive to go fishing at a secluded pond. But Connor is sheltered beneath a shell that hides the man's true colors, as his eyes are not focused on Mia's drinking, smoking, abusive mother - they are focused on Mia.

    The style in which Fish Tank is filmed resembles that of Christian Mungiu's 4 luni, 3 sãptãmâni ºi 2 zile (known in English by 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days), in that what is being filmed is almost a documentary.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    In many ways, I expected to like Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank"--another working class British drama exploring a disaffected and rebellious teen. But the film rather exceeded my expectations in all ways. It can be an incredibly hard edged presentation but it is also surprisingly hopeful--and this balance is impeccably wrought. Front and center is lead Katie Jarvis and the picture sinks or swims on your investment in this young, tough, unpleasant, wild, and lawless creation. You might instantly be turned off by the in-you-face Jarvis, but "Fish Tank" is deftly able to peel away her hardened exterior to reveal the tortured soul yearning for love and acceptance. Don't be mistaken, however, that this is going to be a heart warming story of redemption once you see some softer shadings. No, this incredibly real story maintains an integrity throughout and doesn't attempt to provide quick psychological or sociological answers leading to happily ever after.

    Jarvis, as I said, takes center stage throughout. Independent and confrontational, Jarvis lives with her mother and younger sister. As you might expect, there is a constant battle at home where her mother seeks refuge in alcohol and attempts to relieve her loneliness through random sexual encounters. The bulk of the story begins when momma's new beau (Michael Fassbender) enters the picture. Initially wary of the sexy new stranger, Jarvis becomes increasingly intrigued as he seems to be more than a one night stand. Alternately hostile and accepting, it is supremely difficult for her to let her guard down. But her racing and conflicted emotions propel her closer to Fassbender. It is an astute portrayal (perhaps one of the better representations of warring emotions of late) that has Jarvis infatuated with her mom's suitor.
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    20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Authenticity March 8, 2011
    This film is a rare gem that follows none of the conventional movie tropes. The characters are 3-dimensional; dialog rings true; the story progresses without artifice or resolution or plot holes; and nobody looks or acts like a movie star. [perfect neon white teeth are thankfully absent, which I always find terribly distracting. If there were a nuclear war today, all that would survive would be roaches, and movie star teeth.] The acting is beautifully understated, and there are no histrionics. For example, the relationship between the eldest daughter and the mother is elucidated with small, realistic actions and words. And because of the authenticity of the film, I could give myself over to the film maker and get emotionally involved in the characters.

    In most movies, everything is cranked up to the maximum and shoehorned into a contrived plot that strictly follows conventions so as not to upset the audience. Music, emotions, conflicts, events...everything is calculated to manipulate the viewer and bash them over the heard. Stories follow predictable lines with easily identifiable character archetypes. They are written to please audiences. Infact many releases go through a process of test screening to determine which ending is the best one at pleasing audiences, for example the travesty that was I Am Legend. And, of course, frames are populated only by capital 'a' Actors. And as a result, they have all the metaphorical nutrition and satiety of a bag of Doritoes. Of course I like me a bag of cool ranch every now and again, but they don't satisfy like real food.

    Fish Tank also avoids what I call the James Joyce syndrome, wherein a work is buried in a mass of symbolism and metaphor, and you have to have a pHd in codebreaking to understand what is being communicated.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 22 days ago by ccnyc1
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great watching
    Really quite good indie depicting a coming-of-age of a troubled 15-year-old who develops an infatuation with her mother's boyfriend. The lead teen, Katie Jarvis, is brilliant. Read more
    Published 23 days ago by Brad Smith
    3.0 out of 5 stars An achingly beautiful but predictable slice of life
    First of all, let me just say that this film is absolute eye-candy. Superbly shot and achingly beautiful at times. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Bill the Cat
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I was so caught up in the characters and story.
    Published 1 month ago by 99riverview
    3.0 out of 5 stars A bit depressing
    Watched because I'm a huge Fassbender fan. This movie didn't disappoint In displaying his glorious backside. Too bad his character portrayed a bored, cheating family man. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by soozie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film
    Still haven't figured out what the title Fish Tank has to do with this movie, but this is a fantastic flick. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by tdb59
    3.0 out of 5 stars Slow...But Good
    The film takes its time in its progression because it doesn't aim to culminate to one particular scene but rather glides there. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by CamJoSo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just watched it last night
    I'd never even heard of this movie until I ran across it last night on TV. When I saw Michael Fassbender's name on it, I stayed up to watch it. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by M. Valdez
    3.0 out of 5 stars So very British and randomly drawn together, spoiler alert!
    The acting is fair. The storyline is....rough. And slow, really really slow.
    She's a young girl who doesn't go to school, though she should. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by K. Steele
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly worth my time and had eye candy
    Firstly, this film is poignant and the acting was surprisingly good almost all around. a pretty honest film and really gets you rooting for the each character, on account of who... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by X. Liu
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