Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

Director:

Andrea Arnold

Writer:

Andrea Arnold
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Jarvis ... Mia
Michael Fassbender ... Conor
Rebecca Griffiths Rebecca Griffiths ... Tyler
Carrie-Ann Savill Carrie-Ann Savill ... Tyler's Friend
Toyin Ogidi Toyin Ogidi ... Tyler's Friend
Grant Wild Grant Wild ... Keeley's Dad
Sarah Bayes Sarah Bayes ... Keeley
Charlotte Collins Charlotte Collins ... Tall Dancing Girl
Kirsty Smith Kirsty Smith ... Dancing Girl
Chelsea Chase Chelsea Chase ... Dancing Girl
Brooke Hobby Brooke Hobby ... Dancing Girl
Harry Treadaway ... Billy
Syrus Syrus ... Tennents the Dog
Kierston Wareing ... Joanne
Alan Francis Alan Francis ... Free Runner
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Storyline

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Live, love and give as good as you get.

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The film was shot chronologically, and the actors were shown only the part of the script they would be filming the following week - none of them knew what would happen to their characters later in the film. See more »

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When Mia takes the alcohol bottle from the woman at one of the parties, it is almost empty. Later, Mia is seen drinking from the bottle in her mother's bedroom and the bottle is half full. See more »

Quotes

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[Mia calls Keeley using a cellphone]
Keeley: [from an answering machine] Hey, it's Keeley. Leave me a message.
Mia: Keeley, it's me. What's going on? I've left like three messages. I said sorry, didn't I? You know what I'm like. I was pissed off. Ring me back, you bitch.
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Your House
Performed by Steel Pulse
Written by Phonso Martin (as Alphonso Martin)
Published by Blackchat Music
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Bleak and Harsh
30 October 2009 | by Chirpy_ChaffinchSee all my reviews

At first I wasn't sure what to make of this movie. Having watched "Red Road" by Andrea Arnold, I needed to watch Fishtank. It wasn't quite as good as Red Road but somehow it had something that mesmerised me. The movie tells of a 15 year old girl living in a rather socially deprived area of Britain who is passionate about dancing. Her mother is a drunk and brings home a new boyfriend one day.

Right from the start there are scenes that are hard to take. These scenes felt quite real for me, maybe thanks to the Director or the acting. There is not much of a storyline other than that the girl gets involved with her mother's boyfriend and everything gets even worse after that.

I thought that Michael Fassbender's performance was brilliant. He seems to be star in the making.

This movie makes difficult watching because of the harshness of the lives that are depicted here.


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Country:

Netherlands | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fish Tank See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,854, 17 January 2010

Gross USA:

$374,675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,404,300
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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