Episode 35: Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank (2009)

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In this episode, I talk about Andrea Arnold’s 2009 film “Fish Tank.” It’s about 15-year-old Mia who lives on a housing estate in England with her mother and younger sister. Mia has a passion for dance and spends a lot of time alone choreographing dance routines. The film explores issues like poverty, the mother-daughter relationship, and desire. Andrea Arnold is one of my favorite directors, and I think “Fish Tank” is her best. I also think “Fish Tank” is one of the best films of the century so far because it centralizes a teenage girl’s subjectivity and shows the damaging effects of capitalism and inequality on people’s lives.

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