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The Strange Little Cat (2013)

Das merkwürdige Kätzchen (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 2 January 2014 (Germany)
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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.


Ramon Zürcher


Ramon Zürcher (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Jenny Schily ... Mutter
Anjorka Strechel ... Karin
Mia Kasalo Mia Kasalo ... Clara
Luk Pfaff Luk Pfaff ... Simon
Matthias Dittmer Matthias Dittmer ... Vater
Armin Marewski Armin Marewski ... Schwager
Leon Alan Beiersdorf Leon Alan Beiersdorf ... Jonas
Sabine Werner Sabine Werner ... Tante
Kathleen Morgeneyer ... Hanna
Monika Hetterle Monika Hetterle ... Großmutter
Gustav Körner Gustav Körner ... Nachbarsjunge
Lea Draeger Lea Draeger ... Frau auf Balkon
Ferdinand Ferdinand ... Hund
Kasimir Kasimir ... Katze


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


Comedy | Drama


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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

2 January 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Strange Little Cat See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The film is a loose adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis. See more »

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A beautiful video portrait of a family!
14 June 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

Indeed a beautiful video portrait of a family and friends coming together for an evening. I wanted to like it more, but not impressed by the overall product. However, I liked very much the film theme, not very unique, yet simpler and different than those I've seen. The cat was the centre of the narration as the title suggests, but it was seen rarely within the video frame and sometimes the characters mentions it, but we know it was around there where our eyes can't reach.

On an ordinary day, about an ordinary family and their ordinary event which might remind you your own family or the others you're familiar with. I don't know the cast, but I liked their character displays. Each one offered so many topics on what they were doing, because I can easily say it was not completely written script, but they were improvised while the camera was on the roll. As the actors that's what they do, but as a viewer I must appreciate the effort. Even the kids were so impressive, yet like I said overall film fallen short by a slight margin.

I'm a semi-artist, those who are interested in the art would stare at the paintings for a very long time to observe the details closely like every visible stroke the artist did. Likewise, in this, the details were very impressive. In every scene, there's something happening like each scene has its own twist before going to the next. What I meant was, it was not like those lazy films I'd seen in my life with boring scenes where camera stands still and nothing happens for a very long time. That's the reason I usually dislike art films, but a very few like this makes my day.


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