Fish Tank

Fish Tank

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Director: Andrea Arnold

Cast: Andrea Arnold, Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Griffiths, Katie Jarvis


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A mother and daughter find themselves locked in an ugly battle over the same man in this drama from writer and director Andrea Arnold. Mia Williams (Katie Jarvis) is 15 years old and lives in a shabby apartment block with her mother, Joanne (Kierston Wareing), and youngerSee more details below

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A mother and daughter find themselves locked in an ugly battle over the same man in this drama from writer and director Andrea Arnold. Mia Williams (Katie Jarvis) is 15 years old and lives in a shabby apartment block with her mother, Joanne (Kierston Wareing), and younger sister, Tyler (Rebecca Griffiths). Mia is a reckless and rebellious teenager who frequently argues with her mother and sister and has run afoul of the authorities at school, leading to her being suspended. With plenty of time on her hands, Mia spends her days drinking when she can find alcohol and partying in a empty flat near her apartment. Joanne is a single mother, and she's begun dating a new man, Connor (Michael Fassbender); when Joanne brings him home to meet the girls, Mia is immediately attracted to him, and it's soon clear Connor feels the same way about her. Mia attempts to seduce Connor to take him away from her mother, and when she succeeds, Joanne's greatest anger is not with the man who has slept with her underaged daughter, but the girl who is now a rival for the affections of her lover. Fish Tank was an official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

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If Fish Tank had been made ten years earlier, it would have been directed by Lynne Ramsay and starred Samantha Morton. That's a sizable compliment to both writer-director Andrea Arnold and star Katie Jarvis, though Arnold may not need the additional boost -- her first feature, Red Road, had already won the jury prize at Cannes, and she made it two for two when Fish Tank walked away with the same award. Acting newcomer Jarvis, on the other hand, is an unexpected revelation. She brings the soulful eyes and spitfire attitude of a young Morton, in a more wiry frame, to the central role of Mia, a rebellious teenage girl who's sort of looking for a father figure and sort of looking for a lover in a housing project in lower-class Essex. Mia finds that candidate in her mother's boyfriend, played by the breakout star Michael Fassbender. Amid Mia's chaotic world of physical scrapes and yelling matches, Arnold documents that budding relationship with a tenderness that makes you hope it's the paternal bond she needs, but secretly fear it's the carnal bond she wants. The film's unwavering commitment to truth leaves the former outcome unlikely and the latter a near certainty. Where the relationship goes contains shocking surprises that take your breath away. Jarvis is simply astonishing, etching one of the more unforgettable portraits of chip-on-the-shoulder toughness mixed with teenage vulnerability, and Fassbender has a smoldering chemistry with her that's independent of sexual attraction, born of two talented performers connecting amid a sea of narrative bleakness. Arnold pulls off a difficult feat here, presenting the audience with one disappointing sample of human weakness after another without actually making us feel glum. Perhaps it's just that filmmaking as good as Fish Tank should leave a spring in the step of any serious film fan.

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Special Features

Three Short Films by Director Andrea Arnold: Milk (1998), Dog (2001), and the Oscar-winning Wasp (2003) - New Video Interview with Actor Kierston Wareing - Audio Conversation with Actor Michael Fassbender from 2009 Audition footage - Stills Gallery by Set Photographer Holly Horner; Original Theatrical Trailer - Plus: a Booklet featuring an Essay by Film Scholar Ian Christie

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Fassbender Connor
Rebecca Griffiths Tyler
Katie Jarvis Mia
Sydney Mary Nash Keira
Harry Treadaway Billy
Kierston Wareing Joanne

Technical Credits
Andrea Arnold Director,Screenwriter
Nicolas Chaudeurge Editor
Liz Gallacher Musical Direction/Supervision
Kees Kasander Producer
Marese Langan Makeup
Christine Langan Executive Producer
Nick Laws Producer
Rashad Omar Sound/Sound Designer
Jane Petrie Costumes/Costume Designer
Robbie Ryan Cinematographer
Helen Scott Production Designer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Jill Trevellick Casting
Paul Trijbits Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fish Tank
1. Messages For Keeley [7:19]
2. Personal Space [3:08]
3. The Horse [3:34]
4. Connor [6:07]
5. Joanne's Party [9:52]
6. Day Trip [12:33]
7. Options For Mia [8:03]
8. Demo Tape [6:12]
9. A New Friend [7:27]
10. An Audition [6:08]
11. Dry Run [11:47]
12. "Connor's Gone" [8:13]
13. Married With Child [7:30]
14. Keira [9:10]
15. Tryouts [6:39]
16. On To Wales [5:31]
17. End Credits [3:31]
1. Barha [:56]
2. Chantelle [:58]
3. Chrishana [:44]
4. Demy [:55]
5. Fay [1:00]
6. Gina [1:02]
7. Jess Hall [:59]
8. Laura [:59]
9. Maddy [1:00]
10. Shorty [1:05]

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