Little Fish

2006

Little Fish

Critics Consensus

Fueled by powerful work from a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett, Little Fish is a hard-hitting story worth watching -- and a major step forward for director Rowan Woods.

90%

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Reviews Counted: 29

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Reviews Count: 0
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Rotten: 0

AUDIENCE SCORE

57%
Average Rating: 2.8/5

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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 turn her life around before it's too late and life has passed her by. Tracy's plan is complicated, however, when three men from her past reappear with their own plans for the future. In addition to the troubling re-appearance of her ex-boyfriend Jonny (Dustin Nguyen), her criminal-minded brother Ray (Martin Henderson) seems hell-bent on making a name for himself in the underworld, and the emotional demands of troubled family friend and ex-football star Lionel Dawson (Hugo Weaving) have left the emotionally vulnerable Tracy shaken and confused. When Tracy's modest dreams of a happy life catch the attention of feared criminal kingpin Bradley "The Jockey" Thompson (Sam Neill), she is forced to place her fragile trust in the hands of her skeptical mother and take one last trip into the past to confront her greatest fear. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Cate Blanchett
as Tracy Heart
Hugo Weaving
as Lionel Dawson
Noni Hazlehurst
as Janelle Heart
Anh Do
as Tran
Anthony Wong
as Mr. Chan
Bic Runga
as Night Club Singer
Thi Lan Nguyen
as Old Nanna
Penny Pederson
as Real Estate Agent
Rachel Aveling
as Receptionist
Alex Cook
as Little Tracy
Rebecca Bell
as Young Janelle
Sarah Patterson
as Little Ray
Peter Tkacz
as Young Lionel
Lily Nguyen
as Other Girl (Reunion)
Jazz Ly
as Dealer
Sarah Woods
as Teacher
Amy Pedersen
as Receptionist 2
Stella Ha Vi Do
as Woman in Video Shop
Jon Sivewright
as Footy Fan
Rudi Tusik
as Drug Car Driver
Jessamie Dunton-Rose
as Young Girl in Pub
Craig Forrest
as Jockey's Young Man
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Critic Reviews for Little Fish

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10)

  • The actors give performances of intense naturalness.

    Jul 22, 2006 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • It's a sober, sensitive film ... about degrees of dependency, grief, guilt, recrimination and recuperation.

    Jul 20, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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 ...

    Jul 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A small film with a big cast, Little Fish is notable for its performances.

    Feb 27, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • If you say you'd watch Cate Blanchett in anything, here's your chance to prove it.

    Feb 24, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • Cate Blanchett sinks into the role of a recovering drug addict in a thorny, compelling drama from Australia.

    Feb 23, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Little Fish

A very gritty Australian film, with of plenty of natural performers. Slow moving at times, but a story that was kind of unavoidable, in your face and was told with a lot of reality.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

I recognize Little Fish's failures, but for some reason I found it utterly heartbreaking.

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

½

An all-star Australian cast work this wonderfully scripted drama to its full extent. What starts of as a complex drama soon turns into that of a crime drama. It is to the films credit that the evolution of genres is handled rather well and goes mostly unnoticed. The film relies more on subtle hints to the past of the characters, and even leaves us with an ending that needs some thinking about. This may not be to everyone's liking but it really does make it a more involving piece. It's gorgeously shot, with lighting used coming off as something other-worldly with great beams shining down from street lights and headlights. A great drama that doesn't quite have a conclusion that the film hints towards earlier on.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

Great performances raise this Australian tale of the struggle to move on and what to keep from your past, above the norm.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

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