Live, love and give as good as you get.
Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Katie Jarvis Michael Fassbender Kierston Wareing Rebecca Griffiths Harry Treadaway Jason Maza Jack Gordon Joanna Horton Sarah Bayes Grant Wild Sydney Mary Nash Carrie-Ann Savill Toyin Ogidi Charlotte Collins Kirsty Smith Chelsea Chase Brooke Hobby Nick Staverson Anthony Geary Geoff McCracken Val King Peter Roue Charlie Baker Kishana Thomas Raquel Thomas Natasha Ilic Maxine Brogan Kirsty Page Georgia Crane
Possibly the most unorthodox choice of the films in my all-time top ten, but to me, this film perfectly captures the feelings that one experiences as a teenager, from "I just want to get out of this town," to "all I really want to do is insert passion." For Mia, it's dance, and for me, it was film... so in a sense, Fish Tank is almost like a meta-film in my eyes, because it's a movie about adolescent passions, and mine was (and still is) cinema. As soon as I reached the point in the film during which Nas' Life's a Bitch cropped up - one of my favorite songs by my single favorite rapper - I knew that I…
I can't figure out what I want to say about this film even though it has been lingering in the back of mind since I finished it yesterday.
I'm finding that the deeper I go into the discovery and viewing of various films by women, the more profound the whole experience becomes. Not every single film has the same impact, but 29 films into a 52 challenge, and I already feel... different.
Watching these female-centric stories, as told by women themselves, has had the ability to illuminate aspects of my own self that I might not have been able to process or fully own—parts of myself that have been hidden away and safely shielded in shadowy, furtive nooks of my…
Set out to make you miserable from the starting block, Fish Tank managed to make me feel elated, depressed, angry and above all impressed. It's just that good.
Bleak and distressing films, when done right, often provoke in me a sense of unease, a sense of awareness of bad things always lurking around the corner. I'm a fairly positive person, but am always weary when things are going well. I'm always on the look out, perhaps even waiting for things to go wrong. I'm fully aware that this is an unmistakable self fulfilling prophecy, but it's just something I carry with me and can't switch off.
To say that I connected to Mia, Fish Tank's amazing protagonist, is an understatement.…
michael fassbender in fish tank (2009): mia, wait up! *bends over* jump on my back!
me, a woman named mia: hell yeah fuckin right this is cinema!
Flashes of Frankenstein join the girls at the water, tension mounting (more tense and horrific than that old horror cheeze) as you face the unpredictability of someone at the end of it, suffering frustration, confusion, jealousy, loss, disappointment. Disappointment is the defining characteristic here, pervading every character, every situation, every building or yard, as teenage dreams meet the realities of strip clubs, old and sickly horses, or men who are not the messiah. Moments wrapped in thick, heavy light mask and heighten emotions, filling the frame with a sense of heat or age. Music and movement are keys to escape (but only rare provide surcease of angst--as an outlet, it's also attuned to disappointment). In the end, it draws them…
The next film to make me realize I would give my life to find the perfect coming-of-age story. And this one comes dangerously close...
I almost thought I wouldn't watch another straight-out five-star masterpiece before my summer vacation ended, but here we are. Andrea Arnold's sophomore film baffled me like only few films can do. Honestly I don't know where to start with this review, there's just too much to praise here, so I'm just gonna do it and you'l notice soon enough when I'm losing control.
First of all let's take a dive in the story. In Fish Tank we follow 15-year old Mia who, as any wel written teenager, has the drive of a psychopath to reach those…
Finally got round to watching this film. II spent most of the time wanting to just give Mia a hug. She's so neglected and trodden on, and her mother doesn't realise that all she needs is a gentle tug in the right direction. Some love, someone to talk to, instead of a social worker or a boarding school. She has compassion (we see her care for the horse) and she has ambition (her love of music and dance gives the audience encouragement). Connor and Billy provide her with some sanity as they take her for who she is rather than what she's done. And the film's pay off at the end is huuuuuge.
The scene towards the end where Mia, Tyler and their mum share a little dance, made me weep like a toddler. Andrea Arnold is a genius.
Andrea Arnold is the best defense of an Auteur Theory I seen in a long time. I hated American Honey when I first saw it, but what an auteurist reading of her earlier films has taught me is that she's been invested in the same questions of girlhood/womanhood and class her entire career. There's a care in her camera and microphone. There's a sight, an attention, a wonder and appreciation. Arnold sees hope for these characters that no one else sees, and its really beautiful.
I previously saw Andrea Arnold’s fine thriller Red Road set in estates a few years ago, so I was intrigued to see what she would do in her next film. Fish Tank is the story of a difficult and neglected teenager (an impressive debut by newcomer Katie Jarvis) with a lot of angst trying to find her place in the world. It is a somewhat bleak existence and probably more cleaned up that the reality of a council flat. It is a compelling film, but not as fascinating as her debut, but worthwhile for Jarvis’ performance as well as Michael Fassbender's turn as a wayward husband who shacks up with her mother and provides a complicated foil as positive male role model in her life.
Another coming of age movie about being poor. Glad I watched this and Lady Bird back to back because this delivered on what lady bird failed on almost every level. The main character was super dorky and nieve in only a way a 15 year could be. I felt for for and although didn't agree with most understood her decisions from a character prospective. All the side characters were also great despite being despicable. Every person in the movie felt real and the world felt lived in.
This movie is both heartbreaking and tense and is worth seeking out. Although not as great as American Honey to me it's still a soild 4/5!
Nothing like grown men telling younger girls they look prettier when they smile
I saw this when it first came out on DVD in like 2010 and remember liking it but it not making much of an impression. Not really sure what was wrong with me back then because it’s a strikingly poetic verite film. Bold, fearless, and full of pain, like it’s heroine. I love how the film’s ideas are never explicitly stated, only hinted through the very action on screen. Example: *spoiler* when Mia is leading Fassbender’s daughter away, I thought “She doesn’t understand the consequences of what she’s doing” and then, when she throws retaliatory rocks at the girl, “She’s acting like a child.” I think this cements Arnold’s perspective on the MIA/Fassbender relationship (she’s a child who doesn’t know…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“She was 16. It was her time.”
This is one of those films that stay with you and you don’t stop thinking about it. The kitchen-sink drama unfolds slowly but there is a reason for why Arnold doesn’t rush us in. Time, as it comes, is deliberate and remorseless.
Our protagonist, Mia (Katie Jarvis), is a volatile, 15-year-old girl who lives with her single mother, Joanne, & younger sister, Tyler. Characterized by poverty, theirs is a desolate and bleak reality. Enters Connor (Michael Fassbender), a charming security guard who develops a sexual relationship with Joanne. Connor is well-spoken, clean-cut, and incontestably everything their family is not. But Joanne is not the only person in the family that Connor is fixated on.…