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The Strange Little Cat (2013)

Das merkwürdige Kätzchen (original title)
A family in a house, and a chain of events that take place, on an ordinary evening that they plan to have dinner with relatives.

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Credited cast:
Leon Alan Beiersdorf ...
Jonas
Matthias Dittmer ...
Vater
Lea Draeger ...
Frau auf Balkon
Monika Hetterle ...
Großmutter
Mia Kasalo ...
Clara
Gustav Körner ...
Nachbarsjunge
Armin Marewski ...
Schwager
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Hanna
Luk Pfaff ...
Simon
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Mutter
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Karin
Sabine Werner ...
Tante
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Siblings Karin and Simon are visiting their parents and their little sister Clara. That evening, other relatives will be joining them for dinner. Over the course of the day, the washing machine is repaired, people sit together at the kitchen table, carry out an experiment with orange peel, talk about lungs, and sew on a button that was deliberately torn off. This sequence of family scenes in a Berlin flat complete with cat and dog creates a wondrous world of the everyday: Coming and going, all manner of doings, each movement leading to the next, one word following another. It is a carefully staged chain reaction of actions and sentences. And in between, silent gazes and anecdotes about experiences. The people act oddly even-temperedly; their dialogues are direct and unemotional. Even the pets and the material surroundings play a part. Some objects seem alive as if by magic. Commonplace actions and familiar items appear absurd and eerie in this narrative cosmos. Putting the absurdities... Written by Birgit Kohler

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Group Portrait with Cat

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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2 January 2014 (Germany)  »

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The film is a loose adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis. See more »

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Offbeat, deadpan comedy
12 March 2015 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

With THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT, it's not a matter of reducing your expectations; it's more trying to change your expectations.

Over the course of a day in a cramped Berlin apartment, a busy family deals with the usual mundane details: eating breakfast, fixing a washing machine, watching unwashed plates pile up, watching a hacky-sack fly through the window. Some characters tell in-jokes that almost seem surreal at times. And there's also a dog and cat, who watch the activity with curiosity.

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT not a documentary, but an almost verite family comedy. The whole film is shot at about kitchen counter level - the level where the film's "strange" cat wanders through the rooms. Once you get into the rhythm of the film, it's engrossing and frequently funny; it suggests that everyday life, as trivial as it might seem, has great value and interest, even when you might be tempted to think otherwise.


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