The Case of the Grinning Cat (Chats Perches)
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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 buildings all over the city. The film begins in November 2001 in a Paris still fresh from the shock of the September 11 attacks on the U.S., and where newspaper headlines read "We are all Americans." Over the next year, in the lead-up to the Iraq war, the city's youth march in numerous demonstrations for all manner of causes as the filmmaker continues… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[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."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"A playful 58-minute documentary."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"vivé le chat!"
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"A bright, intelligent soufflé of a film that is both engaged and engaging, and which, like the best French confections, continually rises."
‑ Ray Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"In The Case of the Grinning Cat, the filmmaker Chris Marker fluidly moves over and under Paris, capturing images of fugitive beauty and pathos."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Karina Longworth, Cinematical
"Marker brings a light, puckish touch."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"Demonstrates that this cinematic provocateur [director Chris Marker] has lost little of his gift for social observation."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"Modestly eschewing declarative organization, Marker's interest in and presentation of information is strictly pointillist."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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