DVD - 2002
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A haunting evocation of a troubled Glasgow childhood. Set during Scotland's national garbage strike of the mid-1970's, Ratcatcher explores the experiences of a poor adolescent boy as he struggles to reconcile his dreams and his guilt with the abjection that surrounds him.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2002
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780780026049
Branch Call Number: MOVIE RAT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Gasman
Kill the day
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This is the best film I have ever seen about what it is like for a boy to grow up in Western society, be it poverty-stricken Glasgow or anywhere in the U.S.A. But the struggle is compounded by the sexism inherent in the culture, the economic strife and the anger and resentment it feeds. Overall, though, it is the most magical, yet realistic, film I have seen, short of "In America."

Aug 19, 2016

This is a 1999 drama written and directed by Lynne Ramsay.
It is her debut feature film.
Set in Glasgow, 1973, the film shows the poorest housing conditions in western Europe, such as no running hot water, no bathing facilities and no indoor toilet.
The city is mid-way through a major re-development program, demolishing the old buildings and re-housing the tenants in new modern estates.
The problems are somewhat compounded by the binmen going on strike, creating an additional health hazard and a breeding ground for rats.
The main character, James, is a 12-year-old boy, growing up in this degrared situation.
With the rest of his family, two sisters, one older, one younger, his mum and heavy-drinking father, James patiently waits to be re-housed.
It is a somewhat amateurish film with a semi-documentary touch.

Sep 03, 2014

Swift and chilling.

Circe598 May 23, 2013

A wonderful sensitive portrayal of working class life. it prefigures Trainspotting.

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