Alternative Cinema: Ratcatcher

(Lynne Ramsay, 1999, 94 mins)

Lynne Ramsay’s directorial debut reinvigorated British social realism with a poetic style, striking intimacy, and grimly beautiful cinematography. Set during a garbage strike in 1970s Glasgow (a city with some of the poorest housing conditions in Western Europe), the film unravels through the eyes of children who aimlessly wander a poor council estate as they navigate (and are shaped by) the harsh conditions surrounding them. Envisaged through the subjectivity of the main character, a pre-adolescent boy named James, the estate vibrates with desperation and a haunting beauty. A bleak but stunning coming-of-age film, Ratcatcher announced one of the major new voices in cinema.

Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00pm

Little Hall, 105, Golden Auditorium

Topic

Arts, Academics, Arts and Humanities, University Studies

Event Type

Film screenings

Group
Art and Art History Department
Contact E-mail

akowalski@colgate.edu

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