Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

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Andrea Arnold

Writer:

Andrea Arnold
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Katie Jarvis ... Mia
Michael Fassbender ... Conor
Rebecca Griffiths Rebecca Griffiths ... Tyler
Carrie-Ann Savill Carrie-Ann Savill ... Tyler's Friend
Toyin Ogidi Toyin Ogidi ... Tyler's Friend
Grant Wild Grant Wild ... Keeley's Dad
Sarah Bayes Sarah Bayes ... Keeley
Charlotte Collins Charlotte Collins ... Tall Dancing Girl
Kirsty Smith Kirsty Smith ... Dancing Girl
Chelsea Chase Chelsea Chase ... Dancing Girl
Brooke Hobby Brooke Hobby ... Dancing Girl
Harry Treadaway ... Billy
Syrus Syrus ... Tennents the Dog
Kierston Wareing ... Joanne
Alan Francis Alan Francis ... Free Runner
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Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Live, love and give as good as you get.

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Katie Jarvis, who plays Mia, had never acted before this film. A casting director spotted her having a fight with her boyfriend at a train station and offered her the role. See more »

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When Mia takes the alcohol bottle from the woman at one of the parties, it is almost empty. Later, Mia is seen drinking from the bottle in her mother's bedroom and the bottle is half full. See more »

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[Mia calls Keeley using a cellphone]
Keeley: [from an answering machine] Hey, it's Keeley. Leave me a message.
Mia: Keeley, it's me. What's going on? I've left like three messages. I said sorry, didn't I? You know what I'm like. I was pissed off. Ring me back, you bitch.
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Show Me Love (Stonebridge Club Mix)
Performed by Robin S.
Written by Allen George / Fred McFarlane
Published by EMI Publishing Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Champion Records Ltd and Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Take a fishing trip
13 January 2010 | by C-YounkinSee all my reviews

Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" was a big hit in Britain and at Cannes and now tries its hand at America, who will probably nickname it "White Precious." Anchored by a star-making performance from Kate Jarvis, Arnold's film is more grit and zero melodrama, a step-up from the weepy style of "Precious." Jarvis plays Mia, a teenager living in the ghetto where kids expect to follow in the option-less footsteps of their parents. Her little sister (Rebecca Griffiths) is already smoking and emulating skanks on MTV and mom (Kierston Wareing) is a drunk throwing parties with very sketchy friends. Mia has a dream of becoming a dancer and she finds encouragement from mom's new boyfriend, Connor (Michael Fassbender), a hunky security guard who seems like a nice guy but is, at times, "too friendly." It's familiar other-side-of-the tracks territory but it doesn't spend time wallowing in misfortune. Arnold's film is harsh, and with its use of language (the C and F words are used a lot), dead-end scenery, breathless sexual and violent encounters, and Jarvis' award-worthy portrayal, it's nothing short of compelling. It's a brave performance, a rough-fighter exterior masking youthful vulnerabilities. Fassbender also impresses as a charming/shady character that you're never quite sure has a sexual or fatherly preference toward Mia. It all comes down to a predictable yet scary ending where neglect turns dangerous.


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Netherlands | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fish Tank See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,854, 17 January 2010

Gross USA:

$374,675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,404,300
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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