Gatos Viejos (Old Cats)

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Drugs, money, and failing relationships irritate the already difficult relationship between an elderly woman and her daughter in this comedy drama from the writing and directing team of Sebastián Silva and Pedro Peirano. Isadora (Bélgica Castro) is in her nineties and shares an apartment stuffed with a lifetime of memories and souvenirs with her second husband, Enrique (Alejandro Sieveking). Isadora is starting to sink into senility, and her poor health makes it hard for her to leave the flat, so Enrique must look after her. Before long, Enrique gets some assistance from Rosario (Claudia Celedón), but it's not the sort of help he wants; Rosario has a weakness for cocaine and a long history of launching failed get-rich-quick schemes, one of which has just bottomed out. Rosario's idea of coming to the rescue involves claiming power of attorney over her mother and selling her flat out from under her, which will provide them both with a quick influx of cash but no security for Isadora and Enrique. As Isadora and Rosario argue about who controls the older woman's fate, Enrique and Rosario's lover, Beatrice (Catalina Saavedra), find themselves caught in a long-simmering family rivalry. Gatos Viejos (aka Old Cats) received its North American premiere at the 2010 New York Film Festival.

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  • Neither Rosario nor Isadora is entirely nice - the child's desperate selfishness is matched, and perhaps caused, by her mother's cold reserve - but Mr. Silva and Mr. Peirano make them worth caring about.

    Aug 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/5
  • The wild-eyed Celedón and stealthily empathetic Saavedra introduce a farcical element to this otherwise mournful milieu, but the tonal clashes yield something genuinely cathartic, if also ultimately irresolvable.

    Aug 13, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Eric Hynes

    Time Out
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  • Peirano and Silva refuse the cliché of imminent death as healing.

    Nov 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • No, it's not a sequel to Disney's John Travolta/Robin Williams vehicle Old Dogs (although if it was, it takes the series in a brave new direction)...

    Aug 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • A small-scale effort with huge emotions -- and the sharp barbs and perfectly-timed deadpan reactions are not far off from Edward Albee

    Mar 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Walks a fine line between empathetic treatment of its characters and voyeuristic freakshow gazing.

    Feb 27, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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