The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Fish Tank/American Honey Double Feature

Revisit the work of Andrea Arnold with a double feature of Fish Tank and American Honey, two films that present an empathetic but unwavering look at isolated young women.

Fish Tank follows Mia, a capricious 15-year-old who lives in public housing in East London with her younger sister and their verbally abusive and frequently drunk mother. Angry and isolated, she spends her days fighting with other girls, drinking, and practicing dancing an in abandoned flat. When Mia’s mother’s new boyfriend, Conor, enters the picture, there is immediately a fissure of tension between them. From there, Mia demonstrates the lengths she’ll go to wrest control over her life.

In American Honey, Oklahoma teenager Star leads a hard life as she tries to care for two young children who aren’t hers and dodge their handsy father. When she crosses paths with a lively, carousing band of young adults, she sees an opportunity to finally escape. The next morning, Star is traversing the US, hocking magazines door-to-door and teetering on the cusp of a relationship with the group’s veteran salesman, Jake. But has Star finally found freedom, or has she found herself in yet another exploitative trap?

Acclaimed for the unflinching way she tells her characters’ stories, Andrea Arnold won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival for Fish Tank in 2009and for American Honey in 2016.

Fish Tank will begin at the time listed after 10 minutes of trailers, and American Honey will start 2 1/2 hours after the time listed after the first feature and a 10 minute intermission.

 


“Arnold has a knack for subtle details but also for portraying female characters whose natural warmth and energy have been muted by trauma or social isolation—young women who might’ve blossomed under better circumstances…” — Kristin M. Jones, Film Comment

“The children grow up too fast as the adults regress, making [Fish Tank] an often hilarious, dysfunctional family-sitcom-meets-horror-story when opposing needs collide.” — Lauren Wissot, Slant Magazine

“[American Honey] invokes the explosive sense of liberty that comes with living dangerously.” — Eric Kohn, IndieWire