Set in East London, an aggressive teenage girl, hoping to walk away from her impoverished life by winning a national dance competition, falls for her mother’s charming, handsome new boyfriend in this invigorating drama that won the Jury Prize at Cannes and the BAFTA for Best British Film.
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what's now showing
I loved it...the poetic visuals combined with Katie Jarvis's groundbreaking performance (somehow I'm not surprised that she was a 'non professional' as there is so much honesty and realism to her acting). this one resonated with me.
what is crucial about Arnold's films is her ability to find the truth in working class discourse, in 'Red Road' this truth is the transcendent compassion of her central character, in Fish Tank it is the manner in which all emotion is expressed through a generalised rage with the world. This restricted world, at once closed in and yet transparent still has a space for that rage to find its expression in desire.
Ultimately - Life's a bitch and then you die. Although I have little interest in the characters, it one of the finest films of the reality of touching into adulthood, and the path ahead which will ultimately lead to disappointments. I don't usually connect with these kind of films, but it is a real journey, and the Life's a bitch seen is just perfect and beneath all of the shit, and coldness, there is some connection
Shattering and nauseating. Its ability to unsettle is up there with anything Noe, Kubrick, Clark, Korine or Solondz ever made. Thankfully, it is not shock for shock's sake. An uncompromising British social realism drama that raises many questions about the state of our society and intentionally answers few.
FISH TANK is a fine mix of voyeurism, destroyed urban landscapes and vérité kitchen-sink drama. Mia (stunning Katie Jarvis) is 15, kinda angry with everyone, and still a virgin. But that quickly changes once her mother's new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender) moves in. Framing in Academy 4x3 ratio, cinematographer Robby Ryan lovingly captures all of Mia and writer/director Andrea Arnold's pain and ecstasy.