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Ratcatcher

  • Directed by Lynne Ramsay
  • France/United Kingdom, 1999, 94 mins., English

Taking place during a 1970s garbage strike in Glasgow, Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher follows young James (William Eadie) who lives in a world of poverty and decay. Following the accidental death of his friend Ryan (Thomas McTaggart), for which he feels responsible, James tells no one of his guilt, causing him to become even more isolated within the bleak environs of his town and already imperfect familial setting. In this, her debut feature, Ramsay captures the beauty hidden within the chaos of childhood, experienced despite anxiety about mortality, stability, and the still unseen future. “The power of Ratcatcher comes from its hushed lyricism and Ms. Ramsay’s talent for conveying emotional complexity.” – Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times.

Genres: Drama