The Rabbi's Cat (2012)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
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Based on the best-selling graphic novel by Joann Sfar, The Rabbi's Cat tells the story of a rabbi and his talking cat - a sharp-tongued feline philosopher brimming with scathing humor and a less than pure love for the rabbi's voluptuous teenage daughter. Algeria in the 1930s is an intersection of Jewish, Arab and French culture. A cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and miraculously gains the ability to speak. Along with the power of speech
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It's a wild and vivid ride and a spirited reminder of the kinship between Jewish and Arab cultural traditions.
The film presents an often sharp commentary on dueling beliefs and idiocies that unfolds in lush pastel hues and distinctively retro drawings.
Though we wander a bit, the trip is a delight, thanks to the witty company.
An absorbing, nuanced, and vividly animated tale of adventure, ambivalent morality, colonial injustice, talking animals, and the vagaries of religious zeal and colonialism.
It is often colorful, witty and inspired, but also too episodic, and lacks a strong ending.
Like the title character, the makers of The Rabbi's Cat follow their noses wherever a new scent leads. Their eternal curiosity buoys this Cat, then impairs it somewhat, but redeems it by the end.
Sfar's enchanting portrait of a society in which Jews and Muslims live compatibly is a lesson for our time
It's a movie that packs all its ideas in beautifully animated doses, filled with Northern African music and landscapes. It may get clunky, but it's easy to get lost in its loveliness.
A French animated film about the unusual quest of a rabbi, a skeikh, and a talking cat to discover the essential unity of life.
While the scenes don't always fit together thematically or tonally, each one is its own polished gem.
Despite its flaws, the film is at least a consistent vision, attesting through both its story and animation to the rabbi's right to be different while also striving for human solidarity.
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