The summer of 1973 in a desperately poor housing complex in Glasgow, seen through the eyes of a young boy on the brink of adolescence. A coming-of-age story in a setting of filth, agony and deprivation.
Absolutely gorgeous and poetic cinematography from one of Britain’s most talented directors, in her feature-length debut.
A great continuation of the director’s style evident in her successful previous short films. Ramsay is notorious for being able to capture moments and emotion through the eyes of her characters.
Dark, bleak, depressing, lovely, dreamy and surreal.
Screened at the Un Certain Regard section of the year’s Cannes film festival. Has unfortunately fallen into obscurity with time, a mistake that was well amended by the Criterion Collection.
Ratcatcher cast: William Eadie, Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews