The Strange Little Cat
In the hands of masters like Jacques Tati, and Chantal Akerman, cinema that at first appears to merely observe and record is in fact masking intricately constructed commentaries, built from seemingly mundane experiences. In the case of the Strange Little Cat, an extended family-dinner gathering becomes an exquisitely layered confection ready for writer-director desperately trying not to implode and her youngest daughter who explodes constantly form poles between which sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, cats and cousins weave in and around each other in the tight domestic space of a middle class Berlin flat. Fans of Bela Tarr and Franz Kafka will find much to love, as will devotees of the Berlin School, of which this film represents a third-generation evolution. A comedic examination of the everyday that has been captivating audiences since it's premiere at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.
|Run Time:||72 minutes|