10-16-08 - 2

I've seen a lot of bad movies recently (such as "That Obscure Object of Desire" and "A Scene at the Sea" , wow, huge wastes of time). Fortunately that streak ended last night with "Ratcatcher". It's a simple contemplation of growing up in squalor. It's full of quiet moments of painful beauty.

It follows in the line of "Kes" by Ken Loach or the early TV stuff by Mike Leigh; there are quite a few movies about poor kids in the north of the UK; another good one is "Small Faces". But the imagery of "Ratcatcher" is very poetic.

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