Ratcatcher is a film set historically in Glasgow in the summer of 1973 against a major sanitation strike. The streets are littered with garbage, and rats are everywhere. Into this setting are thrust a number of characters from lower class who are living out their lives in run down apartments and a squalid canal that runs past the houses.
The film is beautifully directed by Lynne Ramsay, who promises to be a major film director. Alwin H. Kuchler, who photographed the film does a wonderful job with the look of the film.
From its opening moments of a young boy playing and wrapping himself in a shroud-like curtain, to the shots of a beautiful field found at the end of the (bus) line, the film is filled with memorable images
The film is well acted, with the heaviest roles falling to rather young actors who perform admirably. The cast includes William Eadie, Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, Michelle Stewart, Lynne Ramsey Jr., Leanne Mullan, John Miller and Jackie Quinn
The film is powerful and something for people who are interested in Scotland as Scotland and not as Brigadoon!