Mia is a girl on her way to a serious date with trouble.
In the very first few minutes she's on the screen in "Fish Tank," writer/director
Yet, as portrayed by
Well, that, and her mom's new boyfriend, Connor (
While it might be criticized for utilizing predictable elements — broken home, abusive mom, rudderless teens — it fashions them together with a commanding sense of urgency. Although some have compared it to "Precious" for obvious reasons, Arnold shows off a far grittier style, making "Fish Tank" feel closer to a documentary.
Jarvis, in her debut after reportedly being discovered arguing with her boyfriend on a train platform, is absolutely riveting. And the stellar soundtrack, featuring old R&B and contemporary hip-hop, becomes an integral part of the production's roughhewn texture, never seeming extraneous.
The movie has won a theater full of awards overseas,
including Outstanding British Film at the BAFTA Film Awards recently
and the Jury Prize at
Unrated (strong language, sex, children in peril); 123 min.
(c) 2010, Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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