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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.

Director:

Ramon Zürcher

Writer:

Ramon Zürcher (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

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)

Color:

Color

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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Not for casual film viewers
2 March 2015 | by mikyb21See all my reviews

Watched this after reading all the praise and adulation from assorted critics. Was expecting to be blown away. Sadly, I was not. While this film intrigued me to certain point, and I was curious about some of the characters, ultimately I was let down. As many have stated, it may as well have a been a documentary. There is no obvious plot to speak of. No obvious goal or obstacle to overcome. No obvious big reveal or "A HA!" moment.

It pretty much felt like only a potion of a film. A film where they left out all the important details that tell a cohesive story. Instead we just got to watch banality and scratch our heads.

There were things I did appreciate about the film. Some interesting shot selections and odd framing choices were cool. The way they captured the pets was well done. The "realness" of some of the characters was refreshing.

But to my sensibility, this came off like an art-house experiment where script & plot writing was not a requirement. But with visuals not nearly compelling enough to carry the story on its own.

meh.


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