Tuesday
06
Jan
8:00pm
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Tue
06
Jan
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 at 8:00pm
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  • Colour
 

Having won prizes at Cannes for her short films Small Deaths and Gasman, Lynne Ramsay made her feature debut with this unsentimental portrait of growing up in Glasgow in the 1970s. Achieving a lyrical realism that often recalls Jean Vigo's 1934 classic L'Atalante, Ramsay manages to turn a run-down housing estate at the height of a refuse strike into fertile ground for the imagination of 12-year-old William Eadie, a neglected scallywag forced to bear the burden of accidentally drowning his friend in the canal. Alternately seeking solace in the shell of a green-belt dream house and the company of flirty teenager Leanne Mullen, Eadie gives a remarkably natural performance, as does John Miller as the eager pal whose misfortunes with pets reinforce the film's sweetly grim humour. This is amiable, assured and affecting.



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Lynne Ramsay
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