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284 Ratings


Directed by Lynne Ramsay
United Kingdom, 1998


A story of two children who react with naive simple emotion to a situation imposed upon them by their father’s secret.

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Gasman Directed by Lynne Ramsay

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1998 | Winner: Best Short Film

Locarno International Film Festival

1998 | Winner: Leopards of Tomorrow - Best Film

BAFTA Awards

1998 | Nominee: Best Short Film

Critics reviews

It’s the story both of a perfectly banal evening, and of an exceptional event that serves to fracture the family unit, messing up all its usual roles, and dissolving the very idea of what is familiar. Ramsay achieves this by never losing sight either of the everyday, or of the extraordinary—she finds a strange, moving equilibrium between Lynne’s devastating experience, and a world that follows its course despite it.
July 03, 2017
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Ramsay’s first film shoots saw her working on documentaries, and her cinéma vérité grounding is evident in Gasman through her observational style that captures the beautiful ordinariness of life in this particular community. But while Ramsay has long been lauded for her visual storytelling skills, Gasman also displays her prowess as a screenwriter, one who favours restraint over exposition.
September 14, 2016
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