Ratcatcher (15) 90 mins w s i 9:

This slab of magic realism is a welcome breath of fresh air, despite its somewhat stinky subject matter

Film of the year. The future of Scottish filmmaking. The finest female director of her generation. The finest debut in living memory. These and many other sweeping adulations were bestowed upon Lynne Ramsay and Ratcatcher when it made its debut appearances at the 1999 Cannes and Edinburgh film extravaganzas. And let's face it, in a cinematic world rammed to capacity with existential samurai, psychic nippers and egomaniacal jazzmen, this slab of magic realism is a welcome breath of fresh air, despite its somewhat stinky subject matter.

19705 Glasgow and it‘s as grim as it gets. The binmen are on strike and the rubbish is piling higher than family debt and deeper than the trouble that twelve-year-old James (William Eadie) finds himself in. As his guilt over an avoidable tragedy worsens and his nascent love grows for the local bike (Leanne Mullen), he dreams constantly of escape.

Those dreams become ever more fanciful (yellow cornfields, mice floating to the moon) and help lift the film away from the constraints of a Ken Loach-like rawness, while saying as much as he ever has about the state of a certain Britain. Aided by tremendous performances from Eadie, Mullen, the parental pair played by Tommy Flanagan and Mandy Matthews, and an almost too strong sense of time and place, Ratcatcher is pretty much everything that has been said about it. We await her Morvern Callar with

heavy anticipation. (Brian Donaldson)



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(Krrsty Knaggs)

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The Muse

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Hollywood scrrptwrrter Steven (Albert Brooks) rs experrencmg a career nose- drve, so hrs successful frrend (Jeff Brrdges) recommends hrs muse, Naturally. Enter Sarah (Sharon Stone), lrterally the mythrcal frgure who rnsprres creatrvrty, and Cue a catalogue of upsets as she takes over Steven's lrfe. Stone rs the real star of the movre and revels rn the demandrng drva role. Grven the all-star cast rncludrng amusrng cameos by Martrn Scorsese

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rnterestrng rdeas, rt should be better. (Entertarnment) (Maureen Ellrs)


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Venus Beauty

(15) 102 mins ‘51- a

Angele (Natalre Baye) rs a cynrcal beauty theraprst. who rs approached by secret admrrer Antorne (Samuel Le Brhan). Inrtrally repelled by hrs advances, she learns to love agarn desprte the fact that Antome already

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has a francee who rs one of her regulars. Patrice Leconte (Tango) may have been able to get away wrth thrs sort of achrngly mrddle-class mrsogyny ten years ago, but Tonre Marshall doesn’t. French drrectors lrke Mathreu Kassovrtz (La Har’ne) and Gasper Noe (Seu/ contre tous) have thankfully broken the mould srnce then. (Metro Tartan £15 99) (Paul Dale)


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You've been warned

22 Jun—6 Jth 2000 THE “ST 111