Fish Tank

Fish Tank

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Fish Tank

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2010
UPC: 0629159041926
Original Release: 2009
Rating: NR
Source: Ais
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:03:00

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fish Tank
1. Chapter 1 [6:58]
2. Chapter 2 [6:42]
3. Chapter 3 [7:28]
4. Chapter 4 [8:32]
5. Chapter 5 [9:36]
6. Chapter 6 [6:48]
7. Chapter 7 [8:04]
8. Chapter 8 [9:11]
9. Chapter 9 [5:36]
10. Chapter 10 [1:10]
11. Chapter 11 [11:43]
12. Chapter 12 [6:33]
13. Chapter 13 [7:27]
14. Chapter 14 [8:31]
15. Chapter 15 [6:28]
16. Chapter 16 [8:07]

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Fish Tank 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life as a 15-year-old girl can get pretty sour especially when you live in the projects with a wayward mother and bratty little sister. Mia is a fatherless girl with no direction being raised by an equally lost and confused single parent. Their council flat (British term for housing projects) in Essex is in a bleak dreary corner of the world where no future is obvious. Mia has pervasive loneliness that is endemic in a life of a school drop out with no friends and prone to fights with other teenagers. With no job, no friends, no stability it is no wonder that Mia is seeking a way out. She thinks dancing might be it but without any encouragement she is left to her own devices to make that dream come true. The same old same old routine of Mia's existence continues compounded with underage drinking and more fights. One morning she is dancing in the kitchen of her flat preparing for an audition as a dancer at a local club. While Mia does her best hip hop move to the TV she is interrupted by a stranger in the kitchen. Her mother has brought home a new boyfriend, Connor, who responds by not mocking her. One gets the sense that this may be the first time that anyone has not ridiculed Mia for who she is and what she does. Things start to brew between Mia and Connor when he moves into the flat. For the first time in her life an anxious and tense girl with with a need for protection and safety only a father can provide is lured into an assault situation. The council flat is prime breeding ground for manipulation, coercion, and what psychologists call "love bombing". Show a person starved for love an unending stream of affection and you are their puppet master. Fish Tank is not the first film to depict the uneasy and often creepy love triangle that can form when a parent brings home a new partner. Yet the film does not go to a formula or stereotype of either a secret assault against someone's will or duplicity committed on the part of a teenager or young adult. Rather, Fish Tank remains an unspoken story about what happens when a fatherless love starved girl enters puberty and seeks a paternal bond. Mia is already dealing with an out-of-control neglectful parent so the instant Connor displays patience, encouragement, and most of all . care . Mia is sucked in to a vortex of mixed affection and crossed boundaries. Connor initially related to Mia as a kid he likes but a 15 year old girl is developing into a woman and being a man in his late 20's/early 30's the fact is not lost on Connor. The family outing at the lake starts the tumble down the road of forbidden attraction. Connor encourages Mia out of her shell and when she hurts her foot he tends to her immediately while her mother could care less. Then he carries her on his back because she can't walk. These acts of kindness are all the things that a father does except Connor is not Mia's father because if she were a few years older she could be his lover instead of her mother. One can see how the transition to a bond between them is dangerous because of Mia's love starved existence that makes her especially susceptible to falling under the spell of anyone who would show her attention. There is both a mixture of impending danger and sweetness when Connor carries Mia to her room after she falls asleep on the couch one night.
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