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Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat

Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat (2005)

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You'll find the word "casuistry" (pronounced kazoo-istry) in most dictionaries, just above "cat." It refers to a method of ethical analysis which takes into account the unique circumstances of particular cases. The term is often used disparagingly, in reference to specious justifications. Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat scratches its way beneath the surface of an infamous Toronto animal cruelty case, deftly exploring the opaque logic surrounding this macabre act.Jesse Power, ex-vegetarian,

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[An] offbeat but engrossing package.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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Zev Asher's documentary film follows an incident in which three young men went on trial after they videotaped themselves torturing and killing a cat.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Director-writer Zev Asher's film is a balanced examination of the incident, which caused a media stampede that blew the case out of proportion.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Post
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In deliberate, clinical fashion, Zev Asher's documentary catches up with a notorious Canadian case of art versus animal cruelty.

April 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Generally, the whole lot get a chance to speak their minds, to contextualize the events, and most come off as completely awful people, from either side of the issue. In the end, this alone makes for Casuistry being a great documentary experience.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
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Asher never really addresses the only interesting issue related to the whole vile affair: Can what Power and his pals did be considered art? And at what point can such art no longer be justified?

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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