Lynne Ramsay crafted one of cinema’s most indelible depictions of childhood with this heartbreaking story of one boy’s troubled youth in 1970s Glasgow.
Scottish auteur Lynne Ramsay (YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE) asserted her place as a major new voice in film with her haunting feature debut, the story of a 12-year-old boy attempting to make sense of a frequently unforgiving surrounding. James Gillespie (William Eadie) lives with his family in a decaying housing development, the shabbiness of which is exacerbated by a national garbage men’s strike that’s left heaping mounds of trash to collect along city streets. A shocking tragedy has left James with a profound sense of guilt, affecting the way he observes the people and places around him. Though colored by moments of darkness and cruelty, James’s world is not without fleeting moments of beauty and connection. Ramsay’s early masterpiece, here in a new 4k restoration, draws on the storied history of British realist drama yet adds a distinctly impressionistic point of view, capturing both the grit of James’s environment and the hopeful transcendence of his dreams in strikingly lyrical images.
CAST: William Eadie, Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, Michelle Stewart
All sales are final. Admission is not guaranteed after scheduled start time.
CLICK HERE to return to the complete 30th Philadelphia Film Festival schedule.
A Note on Health & Safety
As of September 1, PFS will require masking as well as proof of vaccination at the Film Center & PFS Bourse.
Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include your CDC record/card or a picture of the vaccination card along with photo I.D.
Masks are required at all times except when eating or drinking in the theater. Children under the age of 12 are currently exempt from this requirement.
Click HERE for all of our health and safety regulations.