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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 »


Cédric Klapisch
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garance Clavel ... Chloé
Zinedine Soualem ... Djamel
Renée Le Calm Renée Le Calm ... Madame Renée
Olivier Py Olivier Py ... Michel
Arapimou Arapimou ... Gris Gris, le chat
Rambo Rambo ... Rambo, le chat
Simon Abkarian ... Carlos
Frédéric Aufray Frédéric Aufray ... Photographer
Olivier Barny Olivier Barny ... Un ouvrier ébéniste
Jane Bradbury Jane Bradbury ... Un mannequin
Joël Brisse Joël Brisse ... Le peintre Bel Canto
Olympe Brugeille Olympe Brugeille ... Madame Brugeille
Franck Bussi Franck Bussi ... Mec aggressif
Marilyne Canto ... La femme flic
Aline Chantal Aline Chantal ... Madame Doubrowsky


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.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Madame Renee: Men have let me down, but animals, never. Never!
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Performed by Daphreephunkateerz
Music and Lyrics by Erik Rug
éditions BMG Music Publishing
(p) 1995 artefact/rosebud
avec l'aimable autorisation de polygram projets spéciaux
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Going after your cat and finding yourself
22 January 2008 | by rebeccasteleaSee all my reviews

A peculiar depiction of Paris. The more ambiguous, the more interesting. No Eiffel Tower, No 'Musée Du Louvre', no 'lost in translation' tourists. Just life, life at its fullest. In a controversial neighbourhood of the 20th 'arrondissement' there is more to life than commercial Paris. Life lies here in graffiti, in demolition of buildings, in bars, in the inevitable gossip.

Chloé is our vehicle of discovering that exploring life leads to identity. The camera follows her around and illustrates the most banal daily routines. The film doesn't need special effects to captivate you; it replaces them with people dealing with absurdly normal situations. From recurring scenes of amnesic old ladies being brought back by the police to characters running after cats on the roof of a building, Cédric Klapisch transforms the trivial into something exciting. All characters are expected to develop their identity and reach a common ground with the society and with themselves. Just as lost things are frequently lying in front of us, their search is ephemeral.

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Release Date:

20 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »


Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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