(out of 5)

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.

Pathé Pictures International, BBC Films, Arts Council of England, Les Productions Lazennec, Canal+, Holy Cow Films

United Kingdom/France1999

Directed by Lynne Ramsay

Screenplay by Lynne Ramsay

Cinematography by 

Produced by

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Cannes Film Festival: 1999

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999



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