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Lynne Ramsay

Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay is one of the great voices of contemporary cinema. Her films are both edgy and poetic, and carried by a unique use of narrative. Her first two features Ratcacher (1999) and Morvern Callar (2002) received international critical acclaim after screening in Cannes, and won numerous British awards. Her third feature We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller, premiered in the main competition in Cannes and was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes. She returned in 2017 to Cannes’ main competition with her new feature You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenix as a war veteran trying to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring.

Lynne Ramsay shares with us five films she loves.

01

Come and See, Elem Klimov, 1985

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The most harrowing and truthful film I've seen about war. Much plagiarised by filmmakers in the know. Brace yourself.

02

A Man Escaped / Mouchette, Robert Bresson, 1956/1967

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One of my favourite filmmakers, the use of sound in A Man Escaped is quite amazing. Mouchette is so moving.
The scene where she rolls down the river bank...

03

Midnight Cowboy, John Schlesinger, 1969

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Man sells his ass in NYC and makes unlikely friendship. A beautiful film about two losers trying to make ends meet.

04

A Woman Under the Influence, John Cassavetes, 1974

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A study of a woman's madness and joy misinterpreted. Funny, sad, and brilliantly acted.

05

The Virgin Spring / Persona, Ingmar Bergman, 1960/1966

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I love all of his work, these are my favourites.

01 Come and See, Elem Klimov, 1985

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01

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The most harrowing and truthful film I've seen about war. Much plagiarised by filmmakers in the know. Brace yourself.

02 A Man Escaped / Mouchette, Robert Bresson, 1956/1967

Watch the film

02

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One of my favourite filmmakers, the use of sound in A Man Escaped is quite amazing. Mouchette is so moving.
The scene where she rolls down the river bank...

03 Midnight Cowboy, John Schlesinger, 1969

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03

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Man sells his ass in NYC and makes unlikely friendship. A beautiful film about two losers trying to make ends meet.

04 A Woman Under the Influence, John Cassavetes, 1974

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04

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A study of a woman's madness and joy misinterpreted. Funny, sad, and brilliantly acted.

05 The Virgin Spring / Persona, Ingmar Bergman, 1960/1966

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05

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I love all of his work, these are my favourites.

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