When the main thrust of your movie is that Cate Blanchett can't get a loan to turn a DVD store into an internet cafe, you're in trouble. The rudderless side-plot (?) is well performed by Sam Neill and Hugo Weaving. Such a shame that this cast was not better utilised in a tighter script. There is something to be made out of the multicultural setting o 21st Century Sydney.
This exceeded my expectations, which were very low after seeing Cate Blanchett in Heaven (don't get me started on this one). Little Fish, however, is a different kettle of...well, it's not Heaven. I found something about that suburban shabbiness wholly believable, the movie time felt like time spent waiting for a dealer who is always late, a life spent on sofas. The ending does move. It worked for me.
Cate Blanchett plays a struggling former heroin junkie, in a drama about family. It's not as gritty and heavy like other drug-related films, but that's the appeal of it. Rather realistic without overdramatizing the situation. It might have fallen short of a few things, like the lack of insight and backstories on the script. Regardless, Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving carried this film to a good finish.