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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)
5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





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

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Great Documentary
11 February 2015 | by TheCinemaManSee all my reviews

Perhaps lost in translation but this film is basically a documenting of a day in the life of a family. The closest we get to any impact of the somewhat illustrated stress of that living (and what's unique about that?) is when mom looks like she might, just might, lose it. A plus though is the "feeling European" that comes through in mannerism and relationship. I grabbed it because it was my understanding that Bela Tarr was involved; turns out, he was, but in a relatively minor way (workshop, not class)that this film cannot be considered being done by one of his students. So count me among those who saw the film to the end but in the end, came away unimpressed. Unfortunately, the extras were a big disappointment shedding light only on the "source basis" for the film

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Official site [Germany]





Release Date:

2 January 2014 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,594, 3 August 2014

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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