- Little Fish (film)
name = Little Fish
caption = "Little Fish" film poster
Cate Blanchett Sam Neill Hugo Weaving
producer = Vincent Sheehan
editing = Alexandre de Franceschi
distributor = First Look Pictures Releasing
released = 8 September 2005 (Australia)
runtime = 114 min.
language = English, Vietnamese
imdb_id = 0382810
Little Fish is about Tracy Heart (
Cate Blanchett), a former heroinaddict who is desperately trying to escape her past and achieve her goals and dreams. Tracy lives with her mother ( Noni Hazlehurst) and brother in "little Saigon" area (Cabramatta) in Sydney, Australia, where heroin is readily available. She is in need of moneyto become a partner in the video store that she works in, but her loan applications are repeatedly rejected by finance providers, as a result of her past criminal record, history of drug use and lack of collateral. Tracy is trying to help her drug addicted stepfather Lionel ( Hugo Weaving) to kick his heroin addiction. After a four year absence in Vancouver, her former boyfriend Jonny Nguyen ( Dustin Nguyen), also a former heroin addict, has come back into her life. Jonny, who now dresses in business suits, claims to have employment as a stockbroker at a large firm and suggests he may be able to obtain the money Tracy desires through share trading. The romance between Tracy and Jonny is rekindled. Upon visiting Jonny's alleged workplace, Tracy discovers Jonny has lied to her and is not in fact employed as a stockbroker. Jonny has become involved in a drug deal with her brother Ray and Tracy also chooses to become involved in the deal as she sees this as the only means of providing the finance she needs to become a partner in the video store. Tracy, Ray and Jonny set out to execute the deal, which ends in tragedy. Tracy's courage and deep love for those she cares about are notable in the climactic scenes of the film.
Cate Blanchett-Tracy Heart
Hugo Weaving-Lionel Dawson
Sam Neill-Brad "The Jockey" Thompson
Dustin Nguyen-Jonny Nguyen
Noni Hazlehurst-Janelle Heart
Martin Henderson-Ray Heart
Joel Tobeck-Steven Moss
Susie Porter-Jenny Moss
Linda Cropper-Denise Thompson
Alex Cook-Young Tracy
The film received mostly positive critical reviews with 85 percent of freshness in
Rotten Tomatoes. Critics admired this film for its script and the actors' performances. The criticLiz Braun said "Little Fish" has beautifully understated performances and a script that emphasizes the mundane and the manipulative in the addict's world." Owen Gleiberman from " Entertainment Weekly" praised it mostly for its great acting performance saying "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."
The film was nominated for 13
Australian Film Institute Awardsin 2005, and won five awards including Best Actor ( Hugo Weaving), Best Actress ( Cate Blanchett), Best Supporting Actress ( Noni Hazlehurst), and Best Editing.
It also won several
Inside Film Awards, including Best Actress ( Cate Blanchett), Best Actor ( Hugo Weaving), and Best Sound.
The film's soundtrack features two versions of the song "
Flame Trees", as well as original tunes composed by Nathan Larson.
1. Flame Trees - Sarah Blasko
2. Little Fish Theme
3. A Place in the Sun - Hoodoo Gurus
4. Pool Love
5. Con Mua Ha - Mylinh Dinh
6. Half Speed Love
7. Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart - Bic Runga
8. I Can't Score For You
9. Flame Trees - The Sacred Heart School, Cabramatta
10. Little Fish Theme (Redux)
11. Ban Toi - The Enterprise Band featuring Hoang Son
12. Lionel Requiem
13. End Credits
List of Australian films
* [http://www.littlefishmovie.com/ Official site]
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