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Fish Tank

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Netherlands, United Kingdom · 2009
2h 3m
Director Andrea Arnold
Starring Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths
Genre Drama

Fifteen-year-old Mia is in a constant state of war with her family and the world around her. When she meets her party-girl mother’s charming new boyfriend Connor, she is amazed to find he returns her attention, and believes he might help her start to make sense of her life.

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Melanie Greenberg Profile picture for Melanie Greenberg

Really interesting to watch this film before American Honey. Arnold provides an unflinching look at class divides, without trying to ascribe a moral narrative; each shot is treated with the same thoughtful and meticulous care.

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Village Voice by

Jarvis gives a ferociously persuasive performance in an otherwise routine tale of domestic disaster.


The New Yorker by David Denby

Fish tank may begin as a patch of lower-class chaos, but it turns into a commanding, emotionally satisfying movie, comparable to such youth-in-trouble classics as "The 400 Blows." [18 Jan. 2010, p. 83]


New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

Arnold's first feature, "Red Road" (2006), centers on another outsider, a woman who monitors security cameras. The film is formally brilliant, but it doesn't have the breathtaking openness of Fish Tank.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

A grimy kitchen-sink melodrama with an Ajax cleanser script: The muck is all surface, the turmoil cleanly shallow and contrived, though never less than gripping.


The Hollywood Reporter by Ray Bennett

The film belongs to Jarvis, however, and she makes the most of it with expressive features that convey Mia's mixed-up emotions from raging temper to sweet vulnerability. She will go far.

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