In this black comedy feature film, David Hemblen plays Richard, a filmmaker who recounts the events leading to his collapse into madness, beginning with the infestation of his home by rats. Continually down on his luck, he convinces a broadcaster to fund a documentary on rats, which to him represent his disintegrating life. His progress is continually interrupted by set backs and further rat infestations, until one night he discovers another documentary has beaten him to the punch.
-Great film, interesting approach to this subject, wonderful sense of black humour. Well worth watching. The rats are real which makes this all the more interesting in the age of digitally produced facsimiles Jacques Holender has a profound understanding of the reality of horror that happens when an infestation is encountered Very good film This film should change most peoples perceptions of rats. Are the rats real in his mind or only imagined. From a personal point of view, going away and coming back to the horrendous smell would be truly horrifying. This film makes the whole idea of encounters with rats beyond imagination. The cinematography in this show is excellent I truly recommend this show.
Rats is a truly interesting film as it shows what a fine line we walk between sanity and madness. The film takes a unique view on how a random events can have a domino effect on ones life. The movie is filled with interesting characters, some only entering scenes briefly, but you do not forget them. Also if the plot isn't enough, the accompanying soundtrack beautifully mirrors the emotions portrayed by the actors. It is also wonderful to see Canadian talent having an opportunity to show what they can do. If you appreciate movies that aren't your run of the mill Hollywood fluff you will appreciate Rats. It leaves the viewer with much to think about in their own lives.
Directed by Jacques Holender
Writing credits Jacques Holender, Jenny Punter
David Hemblen ... Richard
Torri Higginson ... Nancy
David Fox ... Producer
Mif ... Vinnie
Earl Pastko ... Demented Man
Christie MacFadyen ... Charlotte
Colette Stevenson ... Lisa
Peter St. Laurent ... Gary
Ed Fielding ... ABC Exterminator
Dave Smusiak ... Exterminator #2
Barbara Radecki ... Girl Friend
John Gilbert ... Great Uncle
Lally Cadeau ... Jean
Jenny Punter ... Janet
Darren Finck ... Sammy
Release Date:January 2000 (Canada)
Filming Locations:New York City, New York, USA
Runtime: 99 mim