First screened in January 2003 / Most recently screened in April 2018
Director: Lynne Ramsay. Cast: William Eadie, Mandy Matthews, Tommy Flanagan, Leanne Mullen, Lynne Ramsay Jr., John Miller, Thomas McTaggart, Jackie Quinn, James Ramsay, Anne McLean, Craig Bonar, Andrew McKenna, Mick Maharg, James Montgomery, Stewart Gordon, Stephen Sloan, James Watson. Screenplay: Lynne Ramsay.

Twitter Capsule: Sustains a rich tradition of class-conscious British realism while expanding its poetic ambitions. Intimidating craft.

Second Capsule: The shorts and two features Ramsay made with d.p. Alwin Küchler rank among the century's best partnerships. You could frame any single shot.

VOR:   The ideal Ratcatcher in my mind might coalesce more tightly as narrative; scenes astound, but links can feel shakier. Still, a prodigious, influential debut.

Photo © 1999 Holy Cow Pictures/Pathé Pictures/BBC Films,
© 2000 First Look International/Merchant Ivory Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

(in April 2003: B)

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