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Rentaneko is showing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012, which is being covered by Samantha Morrison...
Written and Directed by Naoko Ogigami.
Set in Japan, a woman rents out cats to lonely people.
It’s a fairly bizarre premise, something that I don’t think would fly anywhere but Japan. The film is set up as a series of encounters between Sayoko, our main character, and new customers. Each customer, while having entirely different situations, still echoes the loneliness of the customer before them, and the scenes even repeat lines from previous sections. This repetitive structure builds loneliness upon loneliness, until we can see it reflected in Sayoko herself.
There are recurring scenes in which Sayoko talks to the photo of her late grandmother, and where she draws out her life goals, and hangs them on the wall to remind her. »
★★★★☆ Naoko Ogigami's Rent-a-Cat (Rentaneko, 2011) is a delightfully twee story of self discovery which successfully blends elements of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie (2001) with the sweet sentiment of Studio Ghibli. One of the most simplistic and accessible offerings at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, Rent-a-Cat is a delightfully refreshing palate cleanser compared to the more viscerally surreal, socio-politically gritty and mentally demanding offerings at this year’s festival.
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2 items from 2012
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