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Fish Tank

Winner of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize

Mia (Katie Jarvis) is a cauldron of teen-girl sullenness and yearning in the vivid British drama Fish Tank – we can’t take our eyes off her, even if her anger is familiar to audiences of the subgenre of cinematic realism known as British miserablism.


A 15-year-old loner who doesn’t play well with others, Mia lives in a crappy U.K. housing project with her aggressive kid sister (Rebecca Griffiths) and her boozy mother (Kierston Wareing), and secretly breaks into an abandoned apartment to practice hip-hop dance moves; she’s a poster girl for the depression of underbelly England. So the sudden appearance of a sexy man in her mother’s life is as unnerving as it is exciting. Connor (Inglourious Basterds’ seductive Michael Fassbender, first admired in glorious shirtlessness) turns on a dangerously live switch in a girl who doesn’t yet understand her own wiring.”

– Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

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