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Set in Algeria in the 1920s, a rabbi's cat who learns how to speak after swallowing the family parrot expresses his desire to convert to Judaism. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Mathieu Amalric ... Le prince (voice)

François Damiens ... Le reporter (voice)

Hafsia Herzi ... La fille du rabbin (voice)

Karina Testa ... Une copine de Zlabya (voice)

Eric Elmosnino ... Le professeur Soliman (voice)

Maurice Bénichou ... Le rabbin (voice)
Joann Sfar ... Le juif de la malle (voice)

François Morel ... Le chat du rabbin (voice)

Alice Houri ... Knidelette (voice)

Mohamed Fellag ... Le cheik Mohammed Sfar (voice)
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Le malka des lions (voice)

Daniel Cohen ... Le rabbin du rabbin (voice)
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Vastenov (voice) (as Wojtek Pszoniak)
Pascal N'Zonzi ... Le premier géant (voice)
Sava Lolov ... Le peintre russe (voice)
Jean-Claude Frissung ... Le curé (voice)
Jean-Pierre Amiel ... Le peintre français / le deuxième livreur (voice)
David Rit ... Le professeur de dictée / le marin (voice)
Didier Brice ... Le serveur / le premier livreur (voice)
Djanis Bouzyani ... Le disciple (voice)
Laurent Lévy ... Le circonciseur / l'âne (voice)
Anita Gabay ... Une petite fille (voice)
Olivier Broche ... Le perroquet (voice)
Marguerite Abouet ... L'Africaine (voice)
John Pucc ... Le chef de la tribu (voice)
Siham Gharnit ... Une copine de Zlabya (voice)
Sophie Bikart ... Une petite fille (voice)
Laurentine Milebo ... La géante araméenne (voice)

Directed by
Antoine Delesvaux 
Joann Sfar 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sandrina Jardel  screenplay
Joann Sfar  comic book series
Joann Sfar  screenplay

Produced by
Antoine Delesvaux .... producer
Clément Oubrerie .... producer
Joann Sfar .... producer
Original Music by
Olivier Daviaud 
Cinematography by
Jérôme Brézillon 
Film Editing by
Maryline Monthieux 
Casting by
Stéphane Batut 
Production Design by
Patrice Szweczyk 
Makeup Department
Michel Vautier .... makeup artist
Production Management
Katia Besimensky .... production manager: development
Christina Crassaris .... post-production supervisor
Marc Giacobbi .... post-production manager
Sorya Hocini .... production manager
Paulangelin N'Gbandjui .... unit manager
Carval Ollivier .... technical production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Christophe Dessaint .... first assistant director
Marco Nguyen .... second assistant director
Art Department
Serge Cicerone .... designer: characters
Sébastien D'Abrigeon .... layout: characters
M. Legall .... senior layout artist
Christophe Lourdelet .... color designer
Floriane Marchix .... visual development artist
Joann Sfar .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... foley mixer
Niels Barletta .... sound mastering engineer
Niels Barletta .... sound re-recording assistant
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Julien Gigliotti .... boom operator
Sébastien Gohier .... sound
Jean Goudier .... sound editor
Sylvie Gourgner .... sound transfer
Johann Gretke .... boom operator
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Damien Lazzerini .... sound re-recording mixer (as Damien Bera)
Damien Lazzerini .... sound (as Damien Bera)
Christophe Lourdelet .... foley recordist
Didier Pouydesseau .... sound
David Rit .... boom operator
Jean-Pierre Sluys .... sound
Daniel Sobrino .... sound
Matthieu Tertois .... sound recordist
Julie Tribout .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Marie Barallon .... digital compositor
Odile Beraud .... visual effects coordinator
Corinne Garcia .... digital compositor: stereoscopic
Guillaume Lips .... colorist
Christophe Patou .... digital compositor: stereoscopic
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Charlot .... photographer
Sandrina Jardel .... photographer
William O'Callaghan .... assistant photographer
Animation Department
Kamal Aitmihoub .... animator
Michaël Armellino .... animator
Nicolas Athane .... animator
Jean-Luc Ballester .... animator
Michaël Batailie .... animator
Alexis Beaumont .... animator
Iris Bonavitacola .... animator
Ronaldo Canfora .... animator
David Canoville .... animator
Mathieu Chaptel .... animator (as Matthieu Chaptel)
Thomas Charra .... key animator
Julien Chheng .... animator
Laurence Commeyras .... animator
Antoine Dartige .... animator
Jeroen Dejonckheere .... animator
Eric Delbecq .... animator
Jean-Christophe Dessaint .... animation director
Simon Eltz .... animator
Gark .... animator
Alexander Geifman .... animator
Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec .... animator (as Eléa Gobbe-Mevellec)
Rémi Godin .... animator
Fabrice Guevel .... animator
Guillaume Lebois .... animator
Charles-André Lefebvre .... animator
Alice Lia .... animator
Françoise Losito .... animator
Ulysse Malassagne .... animator
Damien Millereau .... animator
Nicolas Mimram .... animator
Marco Nguyen .... animation director
Yann Provost .... animator
Nicolas Quéré .... animator
Andrzej Radka .... animator
Perrine Rogier .... animator
Sébastien Rouxel .... animator
Rémy Schaepman .... animator
Mourad Seddiki .... animator
Pierre Tricoire .... animator
Mailys Vallade .... animator
Sébastien Vovau .... animator
Julia Weber .... animator
Julia Weber .... lead background colour
Rémi Zaarour .... animator
Karel Zilliacus .... animator
Casting Department
Elsa Amiel .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Karen Cerutti .... additional editor
Hussam Korkut .... color assistant
Hussam Korkut .... conform editor
Guillaume Lips .... colorist
Elif Uluengin .... assistant editor
Sarah Zaanoun .... assistant editor
Music Department
Paul Lavergne .... executive music producer
Aymeric Letoquart .... music editor
Other crew
Alexis Beaumont .... titles
Sandra Cornevaux .... press attache
Isabel Da Mota .... production administrator
Dozla .... nightmare sequence
François Dupuy .... technical supervisor
Siham Ghamit .... production assistant
Joshua Jason .... publicist
Terkel Risbjerg .... title designer
Alexandra Schamis .... press attache
Hakima Seffh .... production coordinator
Claire Wany .... production coordinator
Alain Chabat .... the director wishes to thank
Jean Giraud .... the director wishes to thank
Claude de Saint-Vincent .... thanks
Marjane Satrapi .... the director wishes to thank

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Also Known As:
"Le chat du rabbin" - France (original title)
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100 min
Sound Mix:
France:Tous publics | Singapore:NC-16 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | USA:Not Rated

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Swiss censorship visa # 1007.774.See more »
Continuity: Sheik Mohammed Sfar's talking donkey disappears as they follow along the rabbi in his journey. He later reappears following the tank, than disappears again along the film.See more »
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14 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: The Rabbi's Cat, 10 April 2012
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Winner of this year's Cesar Awards for Best Animated Film, The Rabbi's Cat directed by Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux is based on a comic series by Sfar, which made the narrative seem a little bit too choppy as it sprawls from a focused introduction, to something of a wandering road trip for the second half of the film that didn't seem to have a point other than to drag it out beyond its welcome. Sure it had enough comedy and quirkiness thanks to the titular cat, but alas repetition doesn't serve it well when issues and comical moments get recycled.

The animation of course is gorgeous to look at given that it's something different from the usual Hollywood studio products, and hand drawn rather than something polished off a computer, or dabbling with the 3D gimmick (though I read elsewhere that there was a 3D version overseas, which is strange given the lack of usual 3D styled visuals). The cat itself requires a little getting used to for the way it's designed and drawn, looking quite unlike any cat you've seen, with its elongated facial features and an extremely long tail.

We follow the adventures of the titular cat, who got his speaking voice (by Francois Morel) thanks to an envy and fatal attack which we don't really get to see, against the parrot of his mistress Zlabya (Hafsia Herzi), the voluptuous daughter of the rabbi Sfar (Maurice Benichou), an easy going religious man. He speaks, to the surprise of his owners, and soon declares that he wants to be a Jew, and to complete the bar mitzvah, in order to get Sfar's approval to remain by Zlabya's side (he has the hots for her you see), instead of being chased away as a monstrosity with his new found voice, akin to being the work of the devil.

Much of the narrative for the first half of the film could be seen as an open discussion between religions such as Judaism, Islam and Christianity, set in 1920s Algeria where there's a clash of cultures with the French, as well as the highlighted differences between the various religions, factions and groups that co-existed at the time. One would need to be sensitive of Algeria in that era in order to milk the most of out this picture, given the lack of background focus as it jumps directly into discussions assuming one would be knowledgeable of the issues of the time.

But even if you're not, then the second half's road trip is probably where you can still follow, where a whole host of characters got introduced, such as an Arabic Sheik of the desert (Mathieu Amalric) with whom the rabbi, his cat and their entourage got into a tangle with, a Russian painter and an African girl that they pick up, and a surprisingly little episode involving a famous Belgian reporter and his dog. It's all downhill from there in their quest to find utopia, as the narrative meanders in too episodic a fashion without an end in sight, leaving things quite open ended in its finale perhaps promising of more adventures to come, but is probably a cliffhanger just like chapters in the comic books.

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