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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 »

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Cédric Klapisch
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Cast

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 ... 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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

No man. No job. No cat.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When the Cat's Away See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$247,804, 20 June 1997

Gross USA:

$1,652,472, 14 September 1997
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Madame Renee: Men have let me down, but animals, never. Never!
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Soundtracks

Ça c'est Paris
Music by José Padilla
Lyrics by Jean Boyer and Jacques Charles
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Surprisingly interesting yet simple theme
25 September 2000 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

A wonderful insight into the types of characters we might meet in a rundown part of Paris which has seen better days and which is being demolished to make way for new and modern buildings. In some respects it's like a documentary about the concerns of the local populace for Gris-gris, a missing black cat. I think all the characters are well portrayed as a network of searchers comb the whole area and maintain daily reports over the telephone. I think the old lady Renee is absolutely priceless, not only as the recognized cat-minder but as a person who is able to express an opinion on every conceivable subject about Parisian life and attitudes. The search for Gris-gris takes us across rooftops and down alleyways to no avail and we ourselves become totally involved in the cat's whereabouts and hope he has come to no harm. It's amazing that such a simple theme can maintain our interest for 90 minutes, but undoubtedly it's the authenticity of the characters that makes this film so enjoyable.


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