The Strange Little Cat
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The Strange Little Cat
Siblings Karin and Simon are visiting their parents and their little sister Clara. That evening, other relatives will be joining them for dinner. This sequence of family scenes in a Berlin flat creates a wondrous world of the everyday: Coming and going, conversations, all manner of doings, each movement leading to the next, one word following another. It is a carefully staged chain reaction of actions and sentences. And in between, silent gazes and anecdotes about experiences. Putting the absurdities of daily life on display, the flm assembles seemingly unspectacular details and snippets into… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nothing much happens. A cat makes a move and purrs. Someone is reprimanded for not tucking in his shirt."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A fresh and original debut that is purely pleasurable."
‑ Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
""...a beautiful, mysterious, beguiling cinematic doodle, and an absolute master class in mise-en-scène, unfolding in odd, fragmented frames and precisely choreographed movement within those frames.""
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"A vivid and wonder-inducing example of everyday spirituality during one day in the life off a family in a Berlin apartment."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"...an all-too-slight cinematic experiment that just doesn't quite work."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A radically disorienting, disarmingly odd first feature from Ramon Zürcher."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
"Despite all that it withholds, The Strange Little Cat ultimately proves a far more revealing form of family portrait."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"From the very first shot, we are clued in that there are depths of strangeness to be plumbed in even the smallest and most banal interactions."
‑ Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com
"Ultimately, even at a short 72 minutes, it feels like that magic bottle revolving in a pot: gyrating lopsided on its own axis, spinning and spinning and spinning until it exhausts its momentum, and our patience."
‑ John Semley, Slant Magazine
"One of the most confident and unusual first features in recent memory."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"The words "student film" can strike terror in the bravest of hearts, but fear not The Strange Little Cat."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
"Zürcher's talent for illuminating the specific also extends to his precise arrangement of bodies in rooms and hallways; the various entrances to and exits from the kitchen, for example, reveal a tightly, yet never fussily so, controlled choreography."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Artforum
"Because of its many little pleasures...but also because whatever mix of terrifying, boring, amusing...and tragic you get from it, it's very possible...you'll be the only one on whom The Strange Little Cat has that exact cocktail of effects."
‑ Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
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