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Fish Tank,” the latest movie from Academy Award-winning British writer and director Andrea Arnold premieres at the Cannes film festival on Thursday in competition for the coveted Palme d’Or.

This is Arnold’s second feature following her 2006 Cannes Jury Prize winner “Red Road.”

“Fish Tank” tells the story of 15-year-old Mia whose life is turned on its head when her mother brings home a new boyfriend.
Arnold casts the same unflinching, unprejudiced gaze and touches on the themes of her Oscar-winning short “Wasp” to create an original and unsettling tale for our age.

Following his acclaimed central performance in “Hunger,” Michael Fassbender (“300,” “Inglourious Basterds“) stars opposite talented newcomer Katie Jarvis. Gritty, sassy and brutal “Fish Tank” also stars BAFTA-nominated Kierston Wareing (Ken Loach’s “It’s a Free World“), Harry Treadaway (“Control,” “Brothers of the Head“) and 12 year old Rebecca Griffiths making her film debut.

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First review from Screendaily is positive, highlighting the performances of newcomer Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender – this was expected as Andrea Arnold manages to get topnotch performances from her actors.

“The heartbreaking tale of a teenage misfit has a grim inevitability to the plotting which is offset by Arnold’s talent for multi-layered characters and naturalistic dialogue and her eye for finding the poetic moments in even the bleakest of lives. Critical support should be strong for Fish Tank although positive reviews and festival prizes could not generate a significant commercial life for Arnold’s debut Red Road. …

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We see a very different Mia when she meets her mother’s new boyfriend. Security guard Connor (Michael Fassbender) is sexy and soft-hearted. He takes an interest in Mia and her little sister Tyler. He is funny and flirtatious, generous with his money and his time. A wary Mia can’t help but blossom under his gaze. It is only a matter of time before Connor and Mia act on the gleam that sparkles invitingly in their eyes. …”

“Destined for festival acclaim, the film will attract audiences drawn by Arnold’s gift for unblinking observation and some  wonderfully naturalistic acting, particularly by Jarvis, who is onscreen throughout…Arnold presents the claustrophobic urban wasteland where they live as a breeding ground for anger and despair. The arrival of mother’s new boyfriend, Connor (Fassbender), brings some hope due to his charming confidence and caring manner…
Fassbender and Wareing give honest and open performances as the conflicted adults and young Griffiths, another first-timer, is memorably sharp as the kid sister. The film belongs to Jarvis, however, and she makes the most of it with expressive features that convey Mia’s mixed-up emotions from raging temper to sweet vulnerability. She will go far.” Hollywood Reporter

Premiere of "Fish Tank" at Cannes 2009

“Brit helmer Andrea Arnold’s sophomore feature, “Fish Tank,” offers such an entirely credible and — there’s no way around it — grim portrait of a sullen teenage girl living in a rough housing project in England’s Essex that it almost seems banal. However, what makes pic feel special is its unflinching honesty and lack of sentimentality or moralizing, along with assured direction and excellent perfs. Paradoxically, though immediately accessible to auds from the background depicted, “Fish Tank” is destined to swim only in arthouse aquariums, while likely adult-only ratings will keep teens — who really should see this — from getting in the door legally…

Elsewhere, the pic’s fine-grained detailing — from the totally naturalistic way the characters talk here (steeped in obscenity) to the production design and the musical choices — bolsters the sense of utter authenticity. Less naturalistic is the decision to lense (executed immaculately by Robbie Ryan) in what looks like Academy ratio, with film instead of digital stock. But although this is a little jarring at first, it makes a kind of emotional sense given the story’s claustrophobic atmosphere.” Variety



Bright Star,” Australia-U.K.-France, Jane Campion
Spring Fever,” (”Chun Feng Chen Zui De Ye Wan”) China-France, Lou Ye
Antichrist,” Denmark-Sweden-France-Italy, Lars von Trier
Enter the Void,” France, Gaspar Noe
Face,” (”Visage”) France-Taiwan-Netherlands-Belgium, Tsai Ming-liang
Wild grass,” (”Les Herbes folles”) France-Italy, Alain Resnais
In the Beginning,” (”A L’origine”) France, Xavier Giannoli
A Prophet,” (”Un Prophete”) France, Jacques Audiard
The White Ribbon,” (”Das Weisse Band”) Germany-Austria-France, Michael Haneke
Vengeance,” Hong Kong-France-U.S., Johnnie To
The Time That Remains,” Israel-France-Belgium-Italy, Elia Suleiman
Vincere,” Italy-France, Marco Bellocchio
Kinatay,” Philippines, Brillante Mendoza
Thirst,” (”Bak-Jwi”) South Korea-U.S., Park Chan-wook
“Broken Embraces,” (Los Abrazos Rotos) Spain, Pedro Almodovar
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo,” Spain, Isabel Coixet
Fish Tank,” U.K.-Netherlands, Andrea Arnold
Looking for Eric,” U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy, Ken Loach
Inglourious Basterds,” U.S., Quentin Tarantino
Taking Woodstock,” U.S., Ang Lee



  1. Hebgen Lake

    June 27, 2009 at 4:12 am

    As i read some reviews of this movies I found it very interesting, I’m looking forward to see it for myself

  2. tony swift

    August 26, 2009 at 4:28 am

    read the reviews and seen trailer looks a great film about typical british life cant wait to see it been waiting since cannes think its going to be a top film a defo for any british movie fan !

  3. Anonymous

    October 14, 2009 at 12:23 am

    amazing film, not the most exciting film I have seen but it grips your attention and doesn’t allow you to look away. The cinematography was also nothing short of fantastic. The director seems to capture the beauty of even the most desolate, grief stricken ghetto known as essex. Although the film seems not to focus on emotional exploits of the young girl, the way it was filmed envokes these feelings in it’s viewers. Pair the cinematography along with the music in this film and we find the director creating a sort of emotional tempo which seems to build through the entire picture, until finally reaching the breaking point. I would love to see a follow up to this film possibly a sequal. Jarvis’ charicter Mia was the most interestig person in the film and her performance as Mia was nothing less than spectacular. Jarvis is a breath of fresh air, giving an outstanding performance and breathing new life into the industry as a whole. I am looking forward to seeing her up and coming roles in future works. She comes off as being so nataural and fluent in her acting. This was an amazing film which I would recomend to anyone age 15-110, it is a film that will be a timeless work of art for years to come.

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