It’s not easy being 15, but in Fish Tank, the moody, moving and surprisingly dark coming-of-age-with-a-twist movie (in theaters 1/15), that period in life seems particularly hard.
Mia (Kate Jarvis, making a phenomenal debut) seems to live in a constant state of rage. She’s constantly fighting everyone she comes across in her grim East London housing project—the neighborhood kids, her younger sister and especially her young and single mother. Her only solace comes in the form of furtive hip-hop dancing in the empty apartment above hers. But things change when her mother brings home a new and handsome boyfriend (Hunger’s Michael Fassbender). If you think you can guess where this film is heading, we can guarantee you’re mistaken, as director Andrea Arnold skillfully weaves the plot into a most surprising conclusion.
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