Little Fish (2006)
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A former drug-addict in her early thirties attempts to put her shady past to rest while paving the way for a brighter future in director Rowan Woods' tale of love, trust, and redemption in modern-day Australia. Tracy Heart (Cate Blanchett) hasn't lived her 32 years so much as she has simply survived them. Ravaged by the drug-addiction and determined to redeem herself in the eyes of her overworked single-mother Janelle (Noni Hazelhurst), Tracy makes a personal vow to open her own business and
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It's a sober, sensitive film ... about degrees of dependency, grief, guilt, recrimination and recuperation.
A small film with a big cast, Little Fish is notable for its performances.
If you say you'd watch Cate Blanchett in anything, here's your chance to prove it.
Cate Blanchett sinks into the role of a recovering drug addict in a thorny, compelling drama from Australia.
The actors are terrific, especially Weaving, who plays bottoming out as a tragedy spiked with gallows humor, and Blanchett, who digs deep into the booby-trapped nature of recovery. The revelation, however, is Rowan Woods, a major filmmaker in the making.
While Little Fish takes a turn for the generic in its final act, solid acting, an atmospheric soundtrack, and flare-filled cinematography more beautiful than an Apple screensaver are enough to keep the film afloat.
Fish finally puts its pieces together, unravelling the story strands in a dramatically resonant third act where the film finally lifts itself out of the doldrums.
A superb cast, mostly playing roles against type, make Little Fish a captivating and emotionally involving film, delivered with the flourish of a filmmaker who knows his craft and what to do with it to reach his audience.
Little Fish will leave you full of admiration for its undeniable craft, but perhaps also not entirely sure what its point is.
Strong performances and meticulous direction make this consistently disconcerting, but the subplot distracts from the moving human drama.
Blanchett is superb as Tracy, a recognisable and believable character attempting to put her past behind her.
It's a tidy showcase for Cate Blanchett as a recovering drug addict struggling to throw off the shackles of her past, but Sam Neill and Hugo Weaving also shine ...
Blanchett is at her best in a complex, gripping role.... Weaving is a revelation, going completely against type.
Despite the slow and sluggish pacing, "Little Fish" extracts some excellent performances from its star cast.
Somber but beautifully played, Little Fish handles drug addiction in a manner unthinkable in mainstream films.
Realistic characters brought to life by dramatic performances so strong you forget you're watching actors.
Even with all it's many good points, it leads to an inevitable ending we see from the very beginning. One could do worse.
While it may be too oppressively downbeat for some viewers, Little Fish nonetheless represents another triumph for Blanchett.
The acting talent on display surmounts all the obstacles he puts in their way.
Fiercely loose and less ragged than it first appears, this story of persistent addiction and fragile recovery plays out in Sydney, Australia's blue-collar suburbs and features powerhouse performances by its stars.
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