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British Film - Ratcatcher (1999) Clip 1

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Uploaded on Sep 20, 2009

In 1970s Glasgow James, a young boy from an impoverished family, is involved in the drowning of another boy in a dirty canal. James keeps his silence, but the incident weighs heavily on his mind.
In this scene, James attempts to escape the streets around his tenement home that are piled with rubbish because of a dustmen's strike. This scene reveals he is just as preoccupied with dreams of freedom, as he is of guilt.
How does this film reinforce the representation of the 1970s, and of Scotland, as 'bleak'?
How is James's experience of the countryside similar to other British films you have watched?

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