Paris 2002. Yellow cats appears on the walls. Chris Marker is looking for these mysterious cats and captures with his camera the political and international events of these last two years (war in Iraq...).
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Monsieur Chat is a character (a yellow grinning cat) which appeared on Paris walls at the beginning of the years 2000. Following its steps, Chris Marker is depicting the very recent french history (elections, demonstrations, state scandals etc.) through the perceptive eye of this strange graffiti... Written by
Alongside Sans Soleil I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to SEE what cinema is able to do as an art form with it's complex and surprising techniques that can combine image, sound, rhythm, texture etc. Chats Perches is interesting as an idea, maybe not so rewarding for those uninterested in French life, but I don't really think that it should be seen as a movie about politics, a French Fahrenheit 9/11. I think that Marker, who is an expert in both Sci-Fi and documentary movies combines the two in order to give us a feeling of uneasiness about the things we thought we knew. His non-interference with the life he examines makes it intensely puzzling. It's like an alien race visited the Earth and couldn't understand what was happening, why are those people living like that? The use of inter-titles makes the image itself more poignant and forces the viewer to focus on it. And the intertitles are also very misleading sometimes. I don't want to go into the symbolism associated with the cats, Marker pretty much explains everything in the movie. I have a problem with giving the rating, though. I think it deserves a seven compared with Sans Soleil but I don't want to discourage other not to watch it. Compared with other stuff so far produced by the movie industry in this millennium, this one ranks high in my preferences.
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