The Rabbi's Cat
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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- 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.
Fresh: It is often colorful, witty and inspired, but also too episodic, and lacks a strong ending.
Fresh: It's a wild and vivid ride and a spirited reminder of the kinship between Jewish and Arab cultural traditions.
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.
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.
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!!