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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.
I didn't know much about this movie, except that Michael Fassbender starred in it and normally Criterion films don't let me down. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott Hutcheson
I had never heard of this movie until last night. My wife and I watched it together and it was mesmerizing. Really astonishing film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Adams
Newcomer and unknown Katie Jarvis was reportedly cast as 15-year old fireball Mia, when she was overheard / seen fighting with her real life boyfriend in a local mall. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ray Light
I loved this movie and boy did it surprise and intrigue me. Definitely not a rehashed recycled or standard routine movie. Read morePublished 6 months ago by VINCE F64
There are over a MILLION Criterion Titles, ( Well, ...Almost) this would , maybe make my Top 100, or rather "DOWN 100" ( "worst 100"), in other words, You should... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Koo-Koo-4-Kinos!
"Teenage angst", "counsil estates" (US Engl: section 8 housing), single mothers, everyone's a funny-talking moron, white boys with their pants at half-mast, white girls attempting... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ghost(Ghost(M))
I saw Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" the day after seeing "Cedar Rapids," and it restored my faith in movie-making. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stanley Crowe