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The Rabbi's Cat (2012)

The Rabbi's Cat (2012)

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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 comes unparalleled sardonic wit, and the cat - and filmmaker Sfar - spare no group or individual as they skewer faith, tradition and authority in a provocative exploration of (among other things) God, lust, death, phrenology, religious intolerance, interspecies love, and the search for truth. Rich with the colors, textures, flavors and music of Mediterranean Africa, the film embarks on a cross continent adventure from the tiled terraces, fountains, quays and cafes of colonial Algiers to Maghrebi tent camps, dusty trading outposts, and deep blue Saharan nights in search of a lost Ethiopian city. (c) GKids
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Animation , Art House & International
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Box Office:
$16,659.00
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Cast

Maurice Bénichou
as The Rabbi
Hafsia Herzi
as The Rabbi's Daughter
François Damiens
as The Reporter
Mathieu Amalric
as The Prince
Jean-Pierre Kalfon
as Malka of the Lions
Fellag Sheik
as Mohammed Sfar
Marguerite Abouet
as The African Lady
Sava Lolov
as The Russian Painter
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Critic Reviews for The Rabbi's Cat

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

It's a wild and vivid ride and a spirited reminder of the kinship between Jewish and Arab cultural traditions.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

The film presents an often sharp commentary on dueling beliefs and idiocies that unfolds in lush pastel hues and distinctively retro drawings.

December 6, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Though we wander a bit, the trip is a delight, thanks to the witty company.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

While the scenes don't always fit together thematically or tonally, each one is its own polished gem.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

An absorbing, nuanced, and vividly animated tale of adventure, ambivalent morality, colonial injustice, talking animals, and the vagaries of religious zeal and colonialism.

Full Review… | December 5, 2012
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for The Rabbi's Cat

½

Great for a specific audience: if you like animation, history of Algiers, or like philosophical statements about religion. Otherwise, I would not recommend.

Sarah Drye
Sarah Drye

beautiful movie honestly does the graphic novel it's based on justice. one of my favorite movies of all time. an absolute treat. death, love, religion, art, language, mortality, faith, family and friendship all intertwine in this gorgeously animated feast for the eyes and mind

sami yo
sami yo

It is a good thing that the rabbi's cat develops the power of speech when he does, as he soon has to defend himself from charges of having eaten the family bird. But to Zlabya, the rabbi's daughter, the cat is even more adorable now. Not so much to the rabbi, as the cat, being able to count also and realizing he is old enough, begins to pester the rabbi to have his very own Bar Mitzvah. However, the rabbi soon has bigger problems to worry about like having to pass a French test in order to be recertified which the cat promises to help with. Considering that talking animals have been around as long as there have been sound movies, it does seem more than a little strange that it has taken until very recently with "The Rabbi's Cat" to fully explore what that would mean in the real world, especially in this timeless Algeria where religions intersect and co-exist mostly peacefully.(If I had to guess, I would have to say this might be the 30's with the 1925 Citroen playing a part, and after the Russian Revolution but no mention of the Holocaust.) But that's not all as this very entertaining film makes great use of hand drawn animation in a variety of styles to detail its world, aided by a very cool soundtrack.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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