From Our Collection: Ratcatcher

Great Britain/France 1999. Dir: Lynne Ramsay. 94 min. 35mm

35mm PRINT | The acclaimed first feature of Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin) is an arresting, startling original tale of childhood set in a poor Glasgow neighbourhood in the 1970s. “Ramsay’s astonishingly assured debut centres on a 12-year-old (William Eadie, excellent) who, haunted by the (secret) role he played in a pal’s accidental death by drowning, gradually retreats into a private world of solitude, strange friendships, and consoling dreams of a new home for his family ... Ramsay’s bold visual sense, droll wit, and tender but unsentimental take on the various characters and their relationships makes for a distinctly poetic brand of gritty realism, and one of the most impressive first features by a British director in some years” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out).

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REVIEWS

"Director Lynne Ramsay ... establish[es] herself as a resonant new voice"

Variety | full review

"A gorgeous blend of beauty and squalor, packed with imagery that will play over and over in your head for weeks."

New York Times | full review