What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ratcatcher, a bleak yet somehow beautiful coming-of-age story about a boy growing up amidst the squalor and nastiness of a Glasgow housing project is not for kids. Early in the film, a boy watches another boy he's playing with drown in a canal, and struggles with the guilt while yearning for an escape from his surroundings. There is frequent profanity (including "f--k" and "s--t"), scenes where boys take turns having sex with a girl, fighting with some blood, and an instance of animal cruelty.
- Families can talk about how the poverty of a Glasgow housing project in 1973 is presented. How does the film convey the desperation, the violence, the boredom, and despair of families struggling through this difficult time?
- How is this film similar and different from other films where the struggles of poverty is a central focus?
- What are some differences between movies made in Hollywood and independent and/or foreign films?