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The Rabbi's Cat



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Plot Summary

Algeria in the 1930s is an intersection of Jewish, Arab and French culture. A cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter eats the family parrot and miraculously gains the ability to speak. Along with the power of speech comes unparalleled sardonic wit, and the cat spares no group or individual as it skewers faith, tradition and authority in a provocative exploration of God, death, lust and the search for truth. Rich with the colors, textures, flavors and music of Mediterranean Africa, the film embarks on a cross-continent comedic adventure through colonial Algiers and under vast Saharan skies in search of a lost Ethiopian city.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film presents an often sharp commentary on dueling beliefs and idiocies that unfolds in lush pastel hues and distinctively retro drawings. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Dec 6, 2012

Fresh: It is often colorful, witty and inspired, but also too episodic, and lacks a strong ending. – Boyd van Hoeij, Variety, Nov 30, 2012

Fresh: It's a wild and vivid ride and a spirited reminder of the kinship between Jewish and Arab cultural traditions. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Jan 17, 2013

Fresh: Despite the overstuffed storytelling, Sfar and co-director Antoine Delesvaux provide an incredible palette of visuals culled from the style Sfar originally created on paper. – Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 30, 2012

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Customer Reviews

I loved it, not sure what to call it though...

This is a wonderful little movie, and isn't simply some children's cartoon. It's like a modern Jewish parable about a talking cat. I love how he gets the power to speak. This could work as well as a live-action and CGI film. The story and scenes range from silly, to powerful, to frightening… ending on a lighter note with humor.

Nice Movie

This is a wonderful film, but most certainly not for children. Its more of a political commentary with adult themes.


loooooooooove it !!!!! takes me home!!

The Rabbi's Cat
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2011

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