Fish Tank 2009 NR CC

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FISH TANK is an emotional coming-of-age story. Fifteen-year-old Mia is in a constant state of war with her family and the world, without any creative outlet for her considerable energies save a secret love of hip-hop dance.

Starring:
Kate Jarvis, Michael Fassbender
Runtime:
2 hours 3 minutes

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Fish Tank

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Genres Drama
Director Andrea Arnold
Starring Kate 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 IFC Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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There is so much depth and dimension to the characters, and it was filmed with so much care, precision and style.
Mariah Montoya
It simply states how there is some sort of love in most relationships regardless of how seldom the members react positively towards each other.
Robert Barrera
One day, a handsome, shirtless man named Connor appears in the kitchen in the morning; a "friend" of Mia's Mother.
Douglas King

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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Spunkster on March 27, 2010
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By jomojomo on March 8, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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