The British film of the year?

British writer-director Andrea Arnold, who won an Oscar in 2003 for her short film Wasp, is described by Esquire's film critic Richard T Kelly as a "provocative talent" and "one of the country's foremost young auteurs". Fish Tank, her second second feature, shared the Prix du Jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and opens on Friday.

 

Set on a "dirt-poor, Seventies-era, high-rise estate, all four-lettered curses and the desultory menace of kids looking for money to buy drink", the story centres on Mia (played by Katie Jarvis, an exciting new talent), who courts estrangement from her friends, their quarrel embodied by warring styles of dance. But as Kelly says, and you really should find out for yourselves, "Fish Tank is not about plot or suspense so much as a truthful exploration of uncomfortable feelings: and Arnold keeps us transfixed."

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