Une vie de chat [A Cat in Paris] (2010)

Une vie de chat
Director: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol
Writer: Alain Gagnol, Jacques-Rémy Girerd
Cast: Dominique Blanc, Bruno Salomone, Jean Benguigui, Bernadette Lafont, Oriane Zani
Part of: Anilogue

By day, the cat stays with Zoé (Oriane Zani), a little girl who spends most of her time with her nanny (Bernadette Lafont) since her mum (Dominique Blanc), a police detective, works a lot. But by night, the cat goes out to meet Nico (Bruno Salomone), a very talented cat burglar. Together they can steal just about anything. Everything is going just fine – until the cat’s two worlds collide.

A Cat in Paris is basically a work of naive art – the visual style, the script: it’s all as if made by a kid (a very talented kid). It’s interesting, but not very compelling for me. Still, it’s entertaining.

I quite liked the visuals. Especially the complete disregard for perspective was surprisingly enjoyable. When the cat and Nico rush through a city that is full of wonky buildings, it creates a very nice atmosphere.

But where the visual style gets the naive art right, the writing does not. I felt the ending was too simple, the characters were one-dimensional and only had the most superficial of motivations. Naive and simple does not mean stupid, but the writing bordered on that a couple of times.

Nevertheless it was a very nice film. Maybe because it was rather short, so you didn’t really have the time to get annoyed, but I suspect it’s mostly the cat’s doing: it is totally cute. And it does have its funny moments.

Interestingly enough, though, there was only one kid in the cinema with me and he left the movie early and crying. I don’t really know what in the film could have prompted that reation in him, but maybe it’s not for kids?

Summarising: Not a complete highlight, but a nice watch.

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