The Case of the Grinning Cat
The Case of the Grinning Cat (2006)

The film takes the viewer meandering through Paris over the course of three years--2001 to 2004--ostensibly in search of a series of mysterious grinning cats whose stenciled image has sprung up in the most unlikely places: high atop… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 2, 2008
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

[Director] Marker may be windy, but he also enjoys the wisdom that comes with age. His masterful command of the camera shows that he can lecture and entertain at the same time.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

The Case Of The Grinning Cat is a sequel of sorts to Marker's epic three-hour 1977 documentary on the decline of the left, A Grin Without A Cat -- though this new work is both shorter and more playful.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A playful 58-minute documentary.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The Case of the Grinning Cat is further evidence of Chris Marker's exhilarating wit. His hour-long cinema essay offers a snapshot of France that's been realized in Marker's daydreamy developer fluid.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

In The Case of the Grinning Cat, the filmmaker Chris Marker fluidly moves over and under Paris, capturing images of fugitive beauty and pathos.

Karina Longworth
Cinematical

Feels like Marker's attempt to implicitly reconcile his own advanced age...one is bound to see history repeat itself in full, ignorant swing, if one lives long enough.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Demonstrates that this cinematic provocateur [director Chris Marker] has lost little of his gift for social observation.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Leave it to Chris Marker, the 85-year-old French documentarian and cineaste hero, to take an unexceptional event and turn it into an exceptional film.

Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine

Organic and overflowing with ideas... Marker's even-handedness and playful spirit show that innocent art and activist politics are two sides of the same culture... this whimsical winner cannot be pigeonholed.

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