Rent Fish Tank (2009)

3.5 of 5 from 490 ratings
1h 57min
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Synopsis:
The acclaimed new film tells the startlingly original and brutally honest story of 15 year-old Mia, brilliantly played by winner Katie Jarvis. A feisty and fiercely independent outsider, Mia is ostracised from her friends and lives uneasily with her volatile mother (Kierston Wareing) in a tough Essex estate from which she longs to escape. But the unexpected arrival of her mother's handsome and charismatic new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender) sparks a catalogue of events that threaten to turn Mia's world upside down.
Actors:
, , , Rebecca Griffiths, , Sydney Mary Nash, Carrie-Ann Savill, Toyin Ogidi, Grant Wild, Sarah Bayes, Charlotte Collins, , Chelsea Chase, Brooke Hobby, , , Ben Francis, , Syrus, Michael Prior
Directors:
Writers:
Andrea Arnold
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
British Films, Drama
Countries:
UK
Awards:

2010 BAFTA Best British Film

2009 Cannes Jury Prize Ex-aequo

BBFC:
Release Date:
25/01/2010
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Andrea Arnold's Oscar winning short film "WASP" starring Natalie Press and Danny Dyer
  • Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/03/2010
Run Time:
122 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Andrea Arnold' Oscar winning short film 'WASP' starring Natalie Press and Danny Dyer
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Gallery

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Reviews (9) of Fish Tank

Depressing - Fish Tank review by CM

Spoiler Alert
20/11/2010

Perhaps too true to life for some people. There was nothing good about this film. The current recession is making life hard for most people due to the uncertaintity about the future, so we need a bit of escapism which you do not get from this film.

2 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Awful, over-rated, boring British film - Fish Tank review by PV

Spoiler Alert
23/04/2011

There is nothing good about this film. It's the kind of sub-Ken Loach and sub-Mike Leigh poverty porn realism much loved by critics - but really, it is patronising, dishonest, self-indulgent pap.

I come from the same homw town as the dirctor and I can tell you that is is mostly middle-class suburbia too! So the portrayal of it as some kind of awful sink estate in dishonest.

What we need are good stories well told - that is what we need in the British film industry; not this awful tedious pity party - this film is typical of all that is wrong with British film-making.

NO STARS.

1 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

A film to admire rather than like - Fish Tank review by RP

Spoiler Alert
26/01/2012

This film won the 2010 BAFTA for Outstanding British Film – and rightly so. It's not a pretty story – but it will grab you and not let you go until it reaches its inevitable conclusion. 15 year old Mia (an astonishing role by Katie Jarvis) lives with her single, slutty, mother and younger sister in a high rise block of council flats in Rainham, Essex, within sight of the Dartford Crossing QE II bridge. [Aside: the location is the Mardyke Estate, also seen in 'Made In Dagenham' and now being redeveloped].

Mia's mother moves her boyfriend Connor in. Mia finds Connor not only useful as a source of cash and a video camera to record her dancing - which he encourages - but also finds him attractive. There is a certain inevitability as we watch the film that things will almost certainly go wrong - and of course they do. Mia's world slowly unravels as she has sex with Connor, find out that he is (of course) married, that (of course) he has a child and that her dreams of becoming a dancer are (of course) hopelessly unrealistic.

Yes, it's a downbeat film – but it has a realism and feels so true to a certain gritty slice of life and the personalities and the f-ing and blinding that goes with it that it is very watchable through to its ending which is happier than you might expect. 5/5 stars. Highly recommended – but it's a film to admire rather than like.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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