Fish Tank (2009)

Andrea Arnold directs Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender and Kierston Wareing in this British drama about a council estate girl’s last teenage summer.

This takes lurches that are bleak and triumphant in equal measure while admirably avoiding dribbling away into misery poverty porn for Guardian readers to feel self-satisfied about. Katie Jarvis is captivating in the lead, while Fassbender has a raw energy that seduces. A strong film that doesn’t offer easy protagonists or obvious escapes yet feels respectful and non-exploitatative in its exploration of the modern British underclass.

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