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Fish Tank (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 September 2009 (UK)
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Fish Tank is a movie starring Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, and Kierston Wareing. Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mia
... Conor
... Joanne
Rebecca Griffiths ... Tyler
... Billy
Sydney Mary Nash ... Keira
Carrie-Ann Savill ... Tyler's Friend
Toyin Ogidi ... Tyler's Friend
Grant Wild ... Keeley's Dad
Sarah Bayes ... Keeley
Charlotte Collins ... Tall Dancing Girl
Kirsty Smith ... Dancing Girl
Chelsea Chase ... Dancing Girl
Brooke Hobby ... Dancing Girl
... Billy's Brother
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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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Akvarij  »

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Opening Weekend:

£103,180 (United Kingdom), 13 September 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,619, 17 January 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$373,060, 9 May 2010
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. 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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Life's a Bitch
Performed by Nas
Written by Ronnie Wilson / Oliver Scott / Nas (as Nasir Jones) / Az (as Anthony Cruz)
Published by Minder Music Ltd / Imagem Music / Life's a Bitch Publishing, administered by The Royalty Network
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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Take a fishing trip
13 January 2010 | by See 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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