In her breathtaking and assured debut feature, Lynne Ramsay creates a haunting evocation of a troubled Glasgow childhood. Set during Scotland’s national garbage strike of the mid-1970s, 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. Utilizing beautiful, elusive imagery, candid performances, and unexpected humor, Ratcatcher deftly contrasts urban decay with a rich interior landscape of hope and perseverance, resulting in a work at once raw and deeply poetic. —The Criterion Collection
Lynne Ramsay (born 5 December 1969) is an award-winning Scottish film director, best known for the feature films Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar.
Ramsay won the 1996 Cannes Prix de Jury for her graduation film, the short “Small Deaths”. Her second short film, “Kill the Day”, won the Clemont Ferrand Prix du Jury; her third, “Gasman”, won her another Cannes Prix du Jury in addition to a Scottish BAFTA for Best Short Film.
Ratcatcher (1999), Ramsay’s debut feature, won critical acclaim and numerous awards. It was screened at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and opened the Edinburgh International Film Festival, winning her the Guardian New Directors prize. She also won the Carl Foreman Award for Newcomer in British Film at the 2000 BAFTA Awards, the Sutherland Trophy at the London Film Festival and the Silver Hugo for Best Director at the Chicago International Film Festival.
Morvern Callar (2002) won Samantha Morton the British Independent… read more
A stunning, heart wrenching coming of age film. Something that I will never forget and perhaps, become a new personal favourite.
Lynne Ramsay’s third feature is a mishmash of soiled diapers, leaden musical cues and underlined soul-sickness,
Ratcacther comienza con una extraña imagen: un ralenti extremo de un nicho jugando con unas cortinas, que lo van apretando hasta la asfixia. De repente, un golpe. El primero de unos cuantos. La imagen… read review
This truly one of the most beautiful films made. There is such richness in each shot. Each character has their own story but some how come all together through this little boy. His eyes are beautiful… read review
I cannot recommend this movie enough. Not only is it one of the best movies from perhaps the best year for film in my lifetime (1999) and not only is it one of the best films in Criterion’s vastly… read review