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Ratcatcher (Widescreen)


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  • Actors: Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, William Eadie, Michelle Stewart, Lynne Ramsay Jr.
  • Directors: Lynne Ramsay
  • Writers: Lynne Ramsay
  • Producers: Andrea Calderwood, Barbara McKissack, Bertrand Faivre, Gavin Emerson, Peter Gallagher
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069CF9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,395 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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Format: DVD
ramsey, with her background in photography, falls into a ever-growing trend in independent cinema. Ratcatcher comes complete with shakey steady cam shots, ultra-photograhic framing and dis-jointed editing. The effect these have is ultimately gorgeous, however these techniques are beginning to be, for me at least, a tad bit played out. They do less to service the story and do more to glorify the director and D.P. The story is handled well: she lets it develope slowly, and she doesnt force any moments on the viewer. All in all this is a great stroy and a beautifully shot film, but doesnt really push any visual boundries like some would like to believe.
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By A Customer on Nov. 29 2003
Format: DVD
If you read reviews for a plot synopsis, you likely won't like this film, much less this review. In the end, who cares about plot, if the direction, performances, set design, cinematography, and production quality are good enough? This is not a plot-less venture; rather, it's a true-to-life, realistic-but-lyrical, coming-of-age exploration. But, regardless of plot, there's a beautiful story here, filmed with the exstiquisite eye of Lynne Ramsey. If you like the 400 Blows (I don't, personally), or any other realistic, depressing tale of a child's life, you will love this film. The dialect is so thick that subtitles are provided, and the cinematogrpahy so stunningly bleak that you'll find it hard to drag your eyes from the image to the words. I can't say enough positive things about this gorgeous film. A true European indie feature, not the semi-indie crap Miramax passes off these days. The DVD comes with 3 remarkable shorts (okay--two greats and one unbearable), and is really a MUST for wanna-be film students (I'm one, so trust me!)
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I was warned in advance that "Ratcatcher" was a bit "drecht" (Glaswegian for gloomy). That is undeniable, but it is also a very sensitive, thought provoking piece. Set in Glasgow in 1973, the film explores various themes, such as the main character James' guilt over the accidental drowning of a friend, his uneasy relationship with his drunken father and his innocent friendship with a teenage hooker. It manages to weave together all these stories without seeming heavyhanded. The acting is brilliant,particularly that of the child actors, most of whom had never acted before. The adult actors are brilliant, too, especially Tommy Flanagan, who plays James' often drunk "Da" (the scene where he berates James for innocently letting council inspectors into the family's apartment and tells him that "It'll be all your f--g fault" if they lose their coveted council house is an assessment of everything that is wrong with this family.)
The subtitles were interesting. I understand the Glaswegian dialect (by virtue of having a Glaswegian mother), but it was interesting to see how the dialogue was transferred onto the screen. I noticed that the words were transposed on the screen as is, not translated into standard English (i.e. "No, ye cannae" rather than "No you can't"). It actually was better that way.
The ending is ambiguous, but that's keeps what the film in your mind. It also ends on a poignant note. The final scene is the only time in the film that James smiles. All in all, I would not recommend this to someone who wants cheering up, but if you can handle the "down side" it is a marvellous production.
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Well, I have to confess to turning on the English subtitles to understand the type of English practiced in Scotland, but this is one heck of a movie that will haunt you long after watching it. The UK is having difficulty reaching agreement with the trash collectors union, so the trash is building up around the tenement buildings. The kids of the neighborhood run the streets like wild stray cats. They make sport of catching and killing rats. When they are bored with being mean toward animals, they turn on each other in far more subtle but more devastating ways. The canal in back of the tenements claims lives on a regular basis. Some drown by accident. Some are already drowning by living in the squalor of the slums.
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By noname on April 23 2003
Format: DVD
Poetry on screen, this is a grim but beautiful story about working class family life in 1970's England, focusing on the daily escapades of a young boy as he maneuvers through the twists of existence and the apparent inescapability of his place in life. Feature debut from Lynne Ramsey, whose newest film "Morvern Callar".
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I LOVE this movie. It comes across as a film about loss of childhood, working class struggles, and all human attempts to escape. Kind of a downer, I guess. But it's the style of the film that really brings the subject matter to life. It's emotionally stunning. The characters feel real. It's immaculate in its art and storytelling. Every frame is amazing -- rich visuals in a starkly composed setting. It's a beautifully realised cinematic work of art. I want to know all about Lynne Ramsay after watching this film. This Criterion DVD features an interview along with 3 of her earlier shorts. It also includes subtitles to aid in my lame American grasp of the Scottish accent. This is definitely a film worth repeated viewings. Ramsay is poised for a brilliant career in filmmaking.
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