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Fish Tank (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 September 2009 (UK)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Jarvis ... Mia
Michael Fassbender ... Conor
Kierston Wareing ... Joanne
Rebecca Griffiths Rebecca Griffiths ... Tyler
Harry Treadaway ... Billy
Sydney Mary Nash Sydney Mary Nash ... Keira
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
Jason Maza ... Billy's Brother
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Live, love and give as good as you get.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

UK | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fish Tank See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot chronologically, and the actors were shown only the part of the script they would be filming the following week - none of them knew what would happen to their characters later in the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

California Dreamin'
Performed by Bobby Womack
Written by Michelle Phillips (as Michelle Gilliam) / John Phillips
Published by Universal/MCA Music Ltd
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Staggering picture
27 September 2009 | by StampsfightclubSee all my reviews

Friendless and unloved Mia (Jarvis) dreams of becoming a dancer and when her mum's new boyfriend arrives on the scene, everything changes for the teenager.

Fish tank is an exceptional artistic creation, based on the purity of Andrea Arnold's script and appreciative direction whilst a debuting Katie Jarvis excels as the troubled isolated teenager, and what a feature this is.

British cinema is some of the most dramatic and flinching cinema in the world. From Trainspotting to This is England there are always issues of realism and points to convey and with this 2009 appraised release we see more hard drama.

The opening sequence follows Mia around the streets, slurring and shouting abuse at anyone in her radar and the coarse dialogue and minimal amount of sympathy is staggering. As if you had been slapped, this will instantly startle you into realizing the type of environment and lifestyle Mia is living in. The language will give Pulp Fiction a run for its money.

Added as an attempt to justify the rural scene of Britain, Arnold gets it spot on as everything flows with little adjustment required. Everything is as it should be because everything has been so carefully planned, in particular the character development which will have many shedding a tear or two.

Katie Jarvis' cold and unappreciative style is spot on for the protagonist and as the film goes through hard fights with families and spending time isolated in a deserted flat, we see the emotional desire of Mia. The ambition of becoming a dancer is exceptionally well produced, owing to the fact that the background is effectively established. The hard family life Mia is living inspires her to find a way out and her dancing is her motive to break free. This really does work up a treat with twists turns, ups and downs and a staggering climax that adds extra spice to the picture.

At only 15 the central character certainly has a controversial agenda set for her. From sleeping with random strangers to drinking anything dangerous, Mia seems unfazed. Seeing her younger sister drinking beer with her mother in the next room will have mouths dropping.

Thanks to this straight forward no messing attitude the plot can move forward and tell the audience of what real life entails and the cultural state we are living in at the moment.

Some British films go out of their way to preach, such as This is England and Brassed off and whilst that isn't a bad quality, the enriching style of this film makes it flow and add extra drama continuously.

The scene setting shots are exquisite, as if made from a Skins episode without the teen angst. The scene in the car is excellent and not to forget this film boasts an exceptional soundtrack that fits the mood as well as 2007's Hallam Foe.


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