Ratcatcher Movie Review Summary

Actors: William Fadie, Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews

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RATCATCHER is the first full-length movie of scottish director Lynne Ramsay. The picture was written and directed in 1999.
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The setting is Glasgow in 1973 during the strike of the garbagemen. A few weeks in the life of Tommy who lives with his parents and his two sisters in a building near a polluted canal. The family waits for the moment the city council will at last move them to a more healthy spot. Tommy accidentally kills one of his friends who drowns in the canal. He won't share his feelings of guilt and tries to find by himself a way to escape the ordinary life of his family. By taking a bus, he'll discover, in the countryside, a site with dreamlike houses where he'll spend hours wishing his family would move here. He also makes the acquaintance of a young prostitute with whom he can share laughs and tenderness.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   committing crimes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   British Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of lower class Poverty story?    -   Yes Sexing?    -   first sexual experience

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Prairie?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   drowning City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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