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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fish Tank by Andrea Arnold, 2009 (NR)

with Katie Jarvis, Kierston Wareing, Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave, Prometheus, Haywire, A Dangerous Method, Shame, X-Men: First Class), Rebecca Griffiths, Harry Treadaway, Sydney Mary Nash, Jason Maza, Jack Gordon, Brooke Hobby, Charlotte Collins, Chelsea Chase

The life of hot-tempered teen outcast Mia (Katie Jarvis) takes an unexpected turn when her mother, Joanne (Kierston Wareing), brings home a handsome and mysterious boyfriend named Connor (Michael Fassbender), who pledges to bring sweeping positive changes to the household.

The most unusual movie I have seen in a long while. It is very simple, raw in a way, very close to its characters, to a level sometimes you do want to be. It is awkward, frightening, cheerful. It is a movie that makes you sad because of its realism, sort of a dead-end that the character is trying to avoid, in vain. It is the portrait of a society that doesn't give a chance to people, no more education, just tv, a hopeless generation that parents have given up on, because they gave up on themselves first. And eventually, when something like a fairy tale comes up, I guess you have to believe it, this is how naive and disconnected Mia is, and Katie Jarvis plays it amazingly.


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