Andrea Arnold, Michael Fassbender, Christine Langan, Katie Jarvis - Fish Tank
Before he explored space in Prometheus or led the mutant uprising in X-Men: First Class, Michael Fassbender broke the human hearts of parents and teenagers alike in this gritty coming-of-age story. Fassbender actually plays second fiddle to young actress Katie Jarvis, who was discovered having a row with her boyfriend at a rail station in what was surely the most working-class English audition of all time. Jarvis plays Mia, a teenage girl who longs to escape her poor surroundings through hip-hop dancing — and grows attached to her mother’s new boyfriend (Fassbender). So yeah, it’s not as much fun as Step Up 2 The Streets, but Andrea Arnold’s second feature is terrific, and terrifically disturbing as it explores a deeply inappropriate attraction. Disturbing bonus: it’s not like Fassbender isn’t attractive in this movie.