|Starring:||Leanne Mullen, Mandy Matthews, Michelle Stewart, Jackie Quinn, Rory McCann, Bill Eadie, Tommy Flanagan, John Miller, Lynne Ramsay Jr.|
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Sep 2003|
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ratcatcherBy a customer from Surrey, England , 10 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This artily shot and well-acted film is certainly evocative, but ultimately it's dull. Although bookended by two shocking events, there is next to no plot inbetween. Just the continued theme of disease and decay on a Scottish housing estate.
As a sort of grim tone-poem, it works well enough. However, I thought it struggled to maintain interest over 90 minutes.
(Incidentally, there are no subtitles on this DVD, so if you're struggling to follow the accents, you're out of luck.)
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BrilliantBy kev84 (49 reviews) from Durham , 24 Feb 2009A truly excellent film, but anyone living below Durham will need subtitles
Good MovieBy PATSYG (8 reviews) from Glasgow , 06 Feb 2009Especially if you lived in Galsgow in the 70's. Very evocative. The dream house scenes were filmed in Easterhouse.
Great style not enough substance.By a customer from London , 14 Jan 2009On the positive this film lacked nothing in both setting and costume,I almost felt like I was watching a documentary about life on a Glasgow council estate in the 1970s with no holds barred.
The negative and what stops this film being a truly great one is the storyline or rather lack of it.It's a shame the great cast didn't get a script to match.
great movieBy a customer from Southampton , 02 Dec 2008A real great 70s movie
A British Great.By Leebo (4 reviews) from Liverpool , 30 Jul 2008Ramsey hits the nail on the head brilliantly with this wonderfully captivating journey to a 70s Glaswegian council estate, filled with poverty and disease. The photography in Ratcatcher is sublime with a genius balance between beauty and decay, the photography alone makes this a must see. The child characters have been wrote and cast with a touch of excellence, our lead character, William, holds the film together, whilst holding the guilt of accidentally drowning his best friend he deals with life on the rubbish filled council estates by escaping to the building sites of their possible new home and the fields surrounding them setting up an amazing scene of escapism in complete contrast to the squalor of the council estate. The only negative comments Ive heard about this film is concerning the lack of events within the plot, whilst this is true I believe it really only adds to the film, and helps paint this portrait of wonderful characters stuck in poverty. This is definitely worth the watch, if not for the genius photography or wonderful story then for Kenny, a dim character holding all the innocence of youth, and his little pet mouse Snowball. This is definitely how British cinema should be.