1970s Glasgow tenements, amidst a garbage strike, set the scene for Ratcatcher, Lynne Ramsay’s striking debut. The film follows James, a young boy whose family are waiting for news of whether they will be re-homed, as he escapes his own world exploring nearby canals and building sites. Harboring a secret, he gradually becomes a stranger in his own home.
“Right up to its visionary and ambiguous ending, Ratcatcher is a spellbinder. It has something of Terence Davies, and a little of Jane Campion … a must-see: a wonderful film from a brilliant director” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian