Ratcatcher (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

United Kingdom/France1999.  Pathé Pictures International, BBC Films, Arts Council of England, Les Productions Lazennec, Canal+, Holy Cow Films.  Screenplay by Lynne Ramsay.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

In Lynne Ramsay’s startling debut feature, a young boy in 1970s Scotland is plunged into guilt and despair when he accidentally drowns a neighbour in the canal near their housing complex. He continues his dreary existence in his working-class neighbourhood, playing (or fighting) with the other kids, befriending a put-upon girl, and waiting for the local council to approve a new house for his struggling family, while trying to put up with the mess that’s been created by a local garbage strike. Countless images of stark beauty are captured by Ramsay’s highly original style, keeping it interesting even when sequences don’t always hold you in thrall.

The Criterion Collection:  #162

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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