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Fish Tank

Fish Tank

Andrea Arnold’s first feature, Red Road, was a quiet terror at Cannes a few years ago. She recreated that calm fire with her new film, Fish Tank, at this year’s Cannes. I just caught up with the film, which I found to be troubling and poetic. Katie Jarvis shines as 15 year-old Mia, living with her single mother in a rough part of England. Determined to become a successful dancer, Mia’s life is thrown upside-down when she becomes infatuated with her mother’s new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender). Much like Red Road, Arnold’s new film is quiet and static, with much of the story’s action in the climax. However, the meditative journey that takes us to that point, is riveting. The film begins its theatrical run this weekend, and launches on VOD starting January 27. Here’s the trailer:

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