Fish Tank | 2009

Directed by: Andrea Arnold

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Main Plot

The film follows the story of a rebellious teenage girl living in a rundown housing estate in England. She dreams of becoming a professional dancer and finds herself drawn to her mother's new boyfriend, causing tension in their already strained relationship. As she navigates the challenges of adolescence and a dysfunctional family dynamic, she must confront her own desires and the harsh realities of the world around her. Through moments of vulnerability and rebellion, she ultimately discovers her own strength and resilience in the face of adversity.


  • Mia Williams, a rebellious and troubled teenager who dreams of becoming a professional dancer, navigates the challenges of her dysfunctional family and explores her own identity and desires.
  • Michael Fassbender plays Connor, a charming and manipulative man who becomes involved with the protagonist's family, leading to tension and conflict within the household.
  • Kierston Wareing plays Joanne, the irresponsible and neglectful mother of the main character, Mia. Joanne's actions contribute to Mia's struggles and conflicts throughout the film.


In the ending of Fish Tank, Mia decides to leave her dysfunctional family behind and pursue her dream of becoming a dancer. She breaks into the building where she had her audition and dances alone in an empty studio, finally feeling free and in control of her own life. As she walks away, she encounters a group of young girls who ask her to teach them how to dance. Mia hesitates at first but ultimately agrees, showing a glimmer of hope for her future. The film ends with Mia walking away with the girls, symbolizing a new beginning and a sense of empowerment for her.

Andrea Arnold Drama Katie Jarvis Michael Fassbender Kierston Wareing