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2018, Fri, Jul 27

Fish Tank

D: A. Arnold, GB 2009, OV with German subtitles

Fish Tank (Film still) | © Promo

Fish Tank (Film still) | © Promo

East London coming-of-age drama.

15-year-old Mia lives with her mother and sister in a few square meters in an East London apartment block, where boozing and sex are the adult’s top priorities in their leisure time. Her mother’s new lover (Michael Fassbender) seems to support Mia’s dream of success as a hip hop dancer; the girl’s stubborn isolation is briefly broken down. But director Andrea Arnold, who made only her second film with this brilliant, formally daring and intense puberty drama, doesn’t grant her protagonist any easy solution.