Little Fish

on February 24, 2006 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
An ex-junkie tries to stay straight even as circumstances threaten to undo her carefully ordered world. Cate Blanchett is terrific as Tracy Heart, who is slowly making her way back into sobriety, managing a video store and resisting old temptations. The return of her former boyfriend Jonny (Dustin Nguyen), however, brings back old, unpleasant memories, and her attempt to help an old friend, desperate ex-football star Lionel Dawson (Hugo Weaving), who is involved with a ruthless drug kingpin (Sam Neill), exposes her to danger.

"Little Fish" is an effective delineation of an ordinary world overlaid by drugs, which in one way or another has an impact on everyone. Strongly acted by all concerned--Weaving is the standout here, unrecognizable from his work as the fairy king Elrond in "The Lord of the Rings" movies -- "Little Fish" suffers only from Rowan Woods' drab, portentous direction, which threatens to undermine its riveting story. Fortunately, the acting talent on display surmounts all the obstacles he puts in their way. Starring Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Martin Henderson and Sam Neill. Directed by Rowan Woods. Written by Jacquelin Perske. Produced by Vincent Sheehan, Liz Watts and Richard Peddie. No distributor set. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 113 min

Tags: Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Martin Henderson, Sam Neill, Rowan Woods, Jacuelin Perske, Vincent Sheehan, Liz Watts, Richard Peddie, Drama, drugs, junkie, memories, danger

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