Gatos Viejos (Old Cats) (2011)

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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.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Elephant Eye

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Cast

Violeta Aracena
as Virginia
Rubén Altamirano
as Mr. Shoes
Claudia Paz
as Market Lady
Benjamín Moreno
as Production Team
Fernando Riveros
as Production Team
Marcela de la Carrera
as Production Team
Sebstaian Pose
as Production Team
Claudia Hidalgo
as Production Team
Martín Celis
as Dealer
Catalina Vial
as Mom with car
Simón Socías
as Boy with Dog
Paula Vallejos
as Belgian Double
Sebastián Pose
as Production Team
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Critic Reviews for Gatos Viejos (Old Cats)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

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.

August 19, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 13, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 4, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

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)...

August 17, 2011
Quickflix

A small-scale effort with huge emotions -- and the sharp barbs and perfectly-timed deadpan reactions are not far off from Edward Albee

Full Review… | March 13, 2011
Film-Forward.com

Walks a fine line between empathetic treatment of its characters and voyeuristic freakshow gazing.

Full Review… | February 27, 2011
Slant Magazine

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