(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.

United Kingdom/France1999

Directed by 

Screenplay by Lynne Ramsay

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 1999

The Criterion Collection

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British Academy Award
Carl Foreman Award For The Most Promising Newcomer (Lynne Ramsay)

Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film



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