Small Deaths (1996)

Anne McLean, James Ramsay, Lynne Ramsay Jr., Genna Gillan,
Captures three occurrences in a young girl's life that leave her with a heavy heart.
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  • Lynne Ramsay, Director:
  • James De Paor, Producer:
8 / 10

Ramsay's first

Promising short feature, made by Lynne Ramsay as her graduation movie from film school. It covers 3 events in a girl's life. The first shows her as a very young girl watching her father get ready to go out for a night. In the second segment she's a teenager who witnesses a nasty incidence involving a cow. While in the third she's a young adult who goes to a creepy building with her boyfriend. He goes upstairs, leaving her to fidget nervously below. But then he calls to her ...

Dark, intimate snippets of everyday life, lovingly captured. An impressive debut by the director of Ratcatcher. This immediately establishes the mood, focus and ambition of her later work. It won a prize at Cannes.

8 / 10

Deaths Used in a Personal Sense

The director uses a young girl viewing events in her life. They are from mundane to cruel. All three are painful in some way--sad or melancholy. One is quite violent. These are just slice of life kinds of things, showing us the harsh realities of every day life. A filmmaker feeling her way along.

2 / 10


11 minutes of pretentious boredom... A good experiment but vastly overpriced. 11 minutes when you want to move quickly in your life.

I sat down to watch this well-prepared short film, but the slowness and torpor of the camera movement won me the battle. If you suffer from insomnia, this is your short!