Short Takes: Mar. 22, 1993

CINEMA

Rambling Through The Ratholes

HAS BRITAIN BEEN OVERRUN BY RODENTS lately, or is it just British movies? In Truly, Madly, Deeply, Juliet Stevenson spent a lot of time in bed with large, scruffy rats. The vermin abound too in RIFF-RAFF, a rambling comedy from director Ken Loach. Stevie (Robert Carlyle), an ex-con finding construction work in London, falls in love with a pretty girleen (Emer McCourt) who wants to be a saloon singer. If this sounds like the plot of The Crying Game, don't blame scripter Bill Jesse; Riff-Raff was made a year before Neil Jordan's gender bender. Loach's film...

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