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Time Out says

Set in and around a Glasgow tenement block during a dustman's strike in the mid-'70s, Ramsay's astonishingly assured feature debut centres on a 12-year-old (Eadie, excellent) who, haunted by the (secret) role he played in a pal's accidental death by drowning, gradually retreats into a private world of solitude, strange friendships and consoling dreams of a new home for his family. That's about it, story-wise, but Ramsay's bold visual sense, droll wit and tender but unsentimental take on the various characters and their relationships makes for a distinctly poetic brand of gritty realism, and one of the most impressive first features by a British director in some years.
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UK release:

1999

Duration:

94 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Lynne Ramsay

Cast:

Leanne Mullen, Mandy Matthews, Tommy Flanagan, William Eadie, John Miller

Music:

Rachel Portman

Production Designer:

Jane Morton

Editor:

Lucia Zucchetti

Cinematography:

Alwin Kuchler

Screenwriter:

Lynne Ramsay

Producer:

Gavin Emerson

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