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.
2002 video interview with director Lynne Ramsay
Three short films by Lynne Ramsay:
Gasman (Winner of the Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival); Kill the Day (Winner of the Jury Prize at the 1997 Clermont Ferrand Festival); Small Deaths (Winner of the Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival)