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When the Cat's Away (1996)

Chacun cherche son chat (original title)
Chloe, a young woman, is going on holidays. She entrusts her beloved cat to Madame Renée's care. But one day Madame Renée (an old lady of the neighborhood) can not find the cat. Chloe ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chloé
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Djamel
Renée Le Calm ...
Madame Renée
Olivier Py ...
Michel
Arapimou ...
Gris Gris, le chat
Rambo ...
Rambo, le chat
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Carlos
Frédéric Aufray ...
Photographer
Olivier Barny ...
Un ouvrier ébéniste
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Un mannequin
Joël Brisse ...
Le peintre Bel Canto
Olympe Brugeille ...
Madame Brugeille
Franck Bussi ...
Mec aggressif
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La femme flic
Aline Chantal ...
Madame Doubrowsky
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Chloe, a young woman, is going on holidays. She entrusts her beloved cat to Madame Renée's care. But one day Madame Renée (an old lady of the neighborhood) can not find the cat. Chloe starts searching the neighborhood... This is the pretext for the exploration of a quarter of Paris and his inhabitants. Written by Yepok

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No man. No job. No cat.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a brief strong sex scene and some language | See all certifications »

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20 June 1997 (USA)  »

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When the Cat's Away  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$247,804 (USA) (20 June 1997)

Gross:

$1,652,472 (USA) (12 September 1997)
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1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Madame Renee: Men have let me down, but animals, never. Never!
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j'veux du soleil
Performed by Au P'tit Bonheur
Written by Jamal Lahouissi
éditions BMG Music Publishing
(p) 1992 polygram france
avec l'aimable autorisation de polygram projets spéciaux
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Delightful Tour of a Gentrifying Paris Neighborhood
12 December 2005 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

The last time I saw Paris was in Eric Rohmer's "Rendez-Vous." Now I've revisited in "While the Cat's Away (Chacun cherche son chat)."

It's "Seinfeld"-ian in that nothing really happens (and sometimes its 95 minutes do drag) but it's a wonderful slice of urban life in a gentrifying neighborhood as residents occupy different eco-systems in the same locality.

It could easily be re-made on the Upper West Side of NYC, or other city neighborhoods.

It is quite a lovely little movie. Many of the actors are non-professionals that really are their neighborhood's local color characters.

However, at last night's showing someone brought their kids thinking because it had an animal in the title it was appropriate. I did not think so - there are visuals and discussion of explicit sex (hetero- and homosexual) as well as sexual harassment threats that I do not think are appropriate for children.

(originally written 7/24/1997)


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