Daily Dose Pick: Fish Tank


Andrea Arnold’s terrific second feature is a clear-eyed portrait of a rebellious British teenager looking for that ever-fleeting taste of honey.

Set in the industrial landscape of Essex, this Cannes Jury Prize-winning entry captures every move and emotion of 15-year-old Mia — a classic case of youth adrift, at once vulgar and vulnerable. In her acting debut (she was “discovered” on a train platform), Katie Jarvis is a true knockout, carrying the film as it cycles through hip-hop dance rehearsals, somber home life, and instances of nascent sexuality, with both a local boy and mum’s handsome but troublesome new beau (Michael Fassbender).

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