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Fish Tank (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 September 2009 (UK)
2:04 | Trailer
Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.


Andrea Arnold


Andrea Arnold
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Live, love and give as good as you get.




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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #553. See more »


As Mia is leaving the dance audition, she passes a mirrored wall and the cameraman and his equipment is clearly reflected. See more »


[first lines]
[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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Referenced in Northern Lights (2016) See more »


Jah Rule
Performed by Rhythm & Sound with Paul St. Hilaire
Written by Mark Ernestus / Moritz Von Oswald / Paul St. Hilaire
Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Basic Channel GmbH 2009
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Bitingly realistic, discomforting and hauntingly beautiful
21 February 2011 | by bencaSee all my reviews

Fish Tank hits you deep and hard, in the soul. It drew me in to its world without me hardly noticing it - a world of ultra-realism, burnished, you must say, by some quite incredible performances from Katie Jarvis and the rest of the cast.

One night of disturbed sleep after watching it and I am still in their world, out on the bleak and beautiful flatlands bordering Essex and London which so many people speed through every day as they journey between London and mainland Europe on the Eurostar trains. I myself have taken that journey a few times and wondered what the people's lives were like who lived in this strange landscape where London has parked so much of the stuff that it doesn't want to see - the giant container terminals, the power plants and the chemical works.

Fish Tank perhaps gives a taste of those lives, but it does much more than that. Especially it gives us a heroine who we can't help caring for deeply, despite and partly because she is on the outside so nasty, rude and violent. Through some of the things she gets up to as she wonders around we see a natural love of life bursting to get out though. We also have an attractive and kind man come into the picture who, through his natural goodness, offers an outlet for her yearnings for understanding, fun, and intimacy.

The story starts off slowly as we get to know 15-year old Mia, her family and the wider (and very limited) world around her. But it picks up and becomes tautly gripping at times - and it never slips into sentimentality or offers false redemption. It is all the better for that.

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Release Date:

11 September 2009 (UK) See more »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,854, 17 January 2010

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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