Ratcatcher (The Criterion Collection)
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The DVD comes packed with extras. Including an interview with and three short films by Lynn Ramsay. The optional English subtitles can help you follow the dialog through the thick Scottish dialect, not only the accent but also the common sayings for the area.
Ratcatcher takes me back to my childhood in the west coast of Scotland. Growing up just west of Glasgow I see how much the film is a true authentic vision of how things where. I rode the same old green and yellow double decker busses on a 10p ticket like James, I had a belt just like James and a coat just like Kenny's.
One thing that really struck me about "Ratcatcher" was that it seemed as though the film's climaxes were all dispensed very early in the film. Within five minutes we witness the death that will haunt our protagonist, James, for the rest of his life.Read more ›
but there are important differences between the two films. green's "george washington" maintains a level of poetic distance throughout and is very much grounded by the remarkably unaffected performances of his child actors; and this creates an exquisite balance between harsh realism and high art that is at once deeply moving and haunting. ramsay achieves something very similar, but her "ratcatcher" has more of a social documentary feel (sort of a ken loach meets terrence malick); it is slightly less structured and chooses to effectively insert its audience into the intimate, mundane everyday lives of its impoverished characters rather than have us observe them from a narrative distance. as viewers, we are privy to astonishingly private scenes between young children, such as a troubled boy taking an innocent bath with the town's young, abused harlot. scenes like this one litter the film and are heartbreakingly honest and moving and always catch the viewer off guard.Read more ›
The subtitles were interesting. I understand the Glaswegian dialect (by virtue of having a Glaswegian mother), but it was interesting to see how the dialogue was transferred onto the screen. I noticed that the words were transposed on the screen as is, not translated into standard English (i.e. "No, ye cannae" rather than "No you can't"). It actually was better that way.
The ending is ambiguous, but that's keeps what the film in your mind. It also ends on a poignant note. The final scene is the only time in the film that James smiles. All in all, I would not recommend this to someone who wants cheering up, but if you can handle the "down side" it is a marvellous production.
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a little hard to watch but seems true to life.Tommy Flanagan is a great acter and it shows.
any Tommy fan needs this movie
This movie is excellent. It's about how people lived in the tenements in Gloscow Scotland during a garbage strick in the 70's. Parts of it are very sad. Good acting by Tommy .Published on August 15, 2013 by Mary J. Ames
"Ratcatcher," the Scottish director Lynn Ramsey's 1999 debut film, comes trailing black clouds behind, described as a grim and disturbing coming of age picture. Read morePublished on July 29, 2007 by Stephanie De Pue
This is a beautiful, poetic masterpiece about a lonely, isolated boy living in rural Scotland. Despite the fact that his surrounding are as bleak as they come (he lives in a... Read morePublished on April 7, 2007 by Grigory's Girl
I hadn't heard anything about this movie when I bought it, but the cover caught my eye. I ended up with one of my favorite movies ever. Read morePublished on December 11, 2006 by Chris Howard
James is trapped. In his life and in his mind. Only he knows what's happened at the canal--he thinks. And then alone just he sees the end. Read morePublished on July 11, 2006 by thecowboy
In Lynne Ramasay's beautiful and poignant film "Ratcatcher," we are introuduced with a an interesting child James who accidently causes the death of another child by mere innocent... Read morePublished on July 4, 2006 by Jimmy Lee
I liked this movie for a number of reasons..one of which..it tells a good story of the struggles of poverty in ireland.. Read morePublished on March 19, 2006 by JOJO
What is it with the British film scene and its distinctly gritty style. It seems that if we're not producing trashy Ealing comedies, it's a shocking reality drama with the likes of... Read morePublished on December 22, 2005 by Geoff Wode