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Genre: Drama
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Sam Neil, Hugo Weaving, Martin Henderson, Noni Hazlehurst, Dustin Nguyen, Joel Tobeck
Director: Rowan Woods
Rating: M18 (Sexual references)
Year Made: 2005



- Behind The Scenes
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary
- Trailer



Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: -
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 54 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment
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After years of treading water in her career and redeeming herself after a troubled past Tracy Heart (Blanchett) sets a goal of owning her own business. But the return of her ex-boyfriend and the criminal intentions of her brother threaten to tear apart her goals and test her relationship to her mother. Will her dreams be enough to start a new life?


You’ve probably had one of those days when you thought to yourself: "How can anyone possibly lead a more miserable life than me? How can anyone possibly be more messed up than me?" When things get this bad, you’ll probably pop a movie like this one into your player to realize that there is a possibility that there is someone out there who is leading a more troubled life than you.

Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, The Aviator) plays a woman whose terrible past won't let her go. The long suffering woman has spent years recovering from her heroin addiction and in the eyes of her mother, she is redeeming herself. As if this isn’t a whole load of trouble already, she is entangled in the complex relationships within her family. No, that’s not the end of the list, because her ex boyfriend returns unexpectedly and her world is thrown into further chaos. The poor woman has to face her brother who is up to no good, a drug junkie ex boyfriend, a criminal boss – how can she overcome all these to love and lead a new life again?

This is one serious drama which you’d expect to see stellar performances from its cast. Blanchett is a natural choice when it comes to emotionally demanding roles like this. And she delivers an intense performance that you’ll not easily forget. Also giving powerfully fierce performances are Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix) and Vietnamese actor Dustin Nguyen (The Rebel). It’s nice to see these actors playing these roles because we seem to know them for their household roles as the dinosaur hunting adventurer (Neill) and the evil agent who hunts down Neo (Weaving).

The other thing that grips you about this Rowan Woods (Winged Creatures) directed picture is its honesty. The Australian filmmaker manages to bring out the best of his cast to make this film from Down Under an emotionally engaging experience – other than the all round powerful acting, the story written by Jacqueline Perske will leave you thinking about how we cope with our own lives, some better than the others when times get tough. The analogy of the title "Little Fish" portrays an interesting image of how this small and modest creature swims around the big confusing oceans to continue its survival.

And trust us, at the end of this 114 minute movie, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel we can swim towards to.


Although this is a 2005 Australian film released here recently, this Code 3 DVD contains some fair bit bonus features. There is an Audio Commentary with director Rowan Woods, and wasting no time to PR with the viewers, Woods goes straight into the insightful commentary with his deep and engaging voice. He talks about the reason why he bookends this picture, and why melancholic music and sound design is used. Behind the Scenes is a 20 minute featurette where we hear the cast and crew talk about the inspiration of creating the female protagonist’s troubled life. Blanchett discusses the challenges of playing such a emotionally demanding role. There is a nice segment towards the end where you see the children choir recording one of the film’s unforgettable tunes. There are seven minutes worth of Deleted Scenes which do not seem to add much consequence to the movie. But it’s still nice to see the crew in action, nonetheless. The Trailer is also included on the disc.


The disc’s visual transfer enhances the melancholic feel of the movie, while the English audio track is available in 5.1 Dolby Digital or 2.0 Stereo.



Review by John Li


Other titles from Alliance Entertainment:

. Shutter UNRATED

. Shanghai Kiss

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Alliance Entertainment


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