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Kedi (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 February 2017 (USA)
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A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.


Ceyda Torun
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yaman Barlas Yaman Barlas ... Himself
Sari Sari ... Herself, a cat
Arzu Göl Arzu Göl ... Herself
Kemal Suncu Kemal Suncu ... Himself
Bengü Bengü ... Herself, a cat
Necati Özer Necati Özer ... Himself
Hamdi Selami Karaci Hamdi Selami Karaci ... Himself
Mine Sögüt Mine Sögüt ... Herself
Teoman Toraman Teoman Toraman ... Himself
Aslan Parcasi Aslan Parcasi ... Himself, a cat
Yilmaz Yildiz Yilmaz Yildiz ... Himself
Psikopat Psikopat ... Herself, a cat
Vecdi Kelav Vecdi Kelav ... Himself
Erdogan Amca Erdogan Amca ... Himself
Elif Nursad Atalay Elif Nursad Atalay ... Herself


In the city of Istanbul, there are more than just human inhabitants. There are also the stray domestic cats of the city who live free but have complicated relationships with the people themselves. This film follows a selection of individual cats as they live their own lives in Istanbul with their own distinctive personalities. However, with this vibrant population, is the reality of an ancient metropolis changing with the times that may have less of a place for them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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cat | fish | kitten | cat lady | painting | See All (112) »


A cat meowing at your feet, looking up at you, is life smiling at you... See more »




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Turkey | USA



Release Date:

10 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gatos See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,103, 12 February 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,834,262, 12 November 2017
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Did You Know?


On a couple of buildings, the graffito "ERDO GONE" can be seen. It's a protest message playing on the name of Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. See more »


Unnamed Human Resident of Istanbul: Dogs think people are God, but cats don't. Cats are aware of God's existence. Cats know that people act as middlemen to God's will. They're not ungrateful, they just know better.
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


Music by Kira Fontana
Performed by Kira Fontana feat. Sidney Hopson
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Perfect film for all cat lovers out there!
23 March 2017 | by Chickengirl001See all my reviews

if you love cats, and admire/respect people who love cats, you will love this film.

Kedi focuses on a half a dozen or so cats and their primary human caretakers. Each cat has their own very unique personality put on them by their caretakers. These individuals who take their of these people are very respectable, humble people. You will really admire how much these cats mean to them. They take on a very philosophical, down-to-earth, often religious approach to why they care for these stray cats. For most of these people, these cats have improved their lives and given them a better respect/appreciation towards life in general. It's very touching.

There are also many scenes of of the city, showing random stray cats going about their lives, the cinematography and camera-work showing of the city is really great. These are a few brief scenes where you don't see any cats at all, just the people of Istanbul going about their daily lives.

Does this film ever get depressing you may ask? Well, there is one sad scene in the film, but it is also one of those moments that you just have to accept as being a fact of life for these stray cats. There are also a couple scenes where you see swarms of cats waiting to be fed by their people, or scenes of litters of kittens living in dirty, clearly not ideal living conditions, and it makes you wish the city had some sort of TNR program to deal with the population of all these cats, but again, it's just one of those things you have to accept.

Kedi is a all around feel-good film. But it did make me wonder when it was all filmed, considering the political turmoil currently going on in Turkey. It made me wonder how the people shown in the film and their cats are doing, if their lives have been negatively affected by all the chaos. I would certainly hope that is not the case.

If you can still catch this film at your local theater that shows independent/art-house films, it is worth seeing for sure. Otherwise rent it or buy the DVD when it is released then.

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