4.6 stars. Impressionistic kitchen sink realism. Puts your mind, body and soul through the wringer. 'Crime and Punishment' from a child's eye view. The clearest experiential explanation of what space and place mean to us as humans and how they can both hurt and enrich us. Beautiful and brutal with a very clear-eyed understanding of the mechanics of poverty and childhood. Read Annette Kuhn's BFI book on the film.
This is a powerful film that has some stark images and a lot of harsh reality that feel like a perfect blend of Bunuel's Los Olivadados and Truffaut's 400 Blows but it is all the brilliance of Lynne Ramsay presented on the screen as she crafts a beautifully haunting tale of childhood.
Observing the trapped nature to a rat-infested living scheme, where prosperity is but a pipe dream, 'Ratcatcher' finds the genuine beauty in day-to-day interactions in a truly fantastic film that plays our childhood memories back to us on screen. A wonderful blend of hard-hitting realism and childlike fantasy interwoven. And so it's a shame that the ending, although narratively great, fell a bit flat and felt rushed.
Constat froid et précis, d'une étonnante sobriété visuelle et narrative, sans misérabilisme ostentatoire, qui décrit une enfance en marge, dans un contexte économique et social souvent déplorable qui laisse pourtant la porte entrebâillée à de possibles émancipations d'une misère relationnelle jamais inéluctable ni définitive. www.cinefiches.com