Kedi (2017)

KEDi is not a documentary about house cats or the strays you occasionally see in your back yard. KEDi is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: February 10, 2017
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2017
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kedi is a cat fancier's dream, but this thoughtful, beautifully filmed look at Istanbul's street feline population offers absorbing viewing for filmgoers of any purr-suasion.

Adam Graham
Detroit News

"Kedi" is the cat's meow. Literally.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Cats wander in and out of frame; humans speculate on whether the local cats are ambitious or arrogant; Turkish music spills onto the soundtrack; and there's more than one growler of a catfight.

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Ernesto Diezmartinez
Cine Vértigo

... a charming documentary about the felines and the love towards them and, in passing, the other great eternal city, Istanbul... [Full review in Spanish]

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

At 80 minutes, Torun's film feels a bit overlong, but it is as soft and warm as a kitten.

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Vanessa H. Larson
Washington Post

Though pleasant to watch, Torun's feature debut feels more like a meandering montage than a structured narrative, and it could easily be half as long.

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Yago García
Cinemanía (Spain)

The sultans of Istanbul have tails and say "meow". [Full review in Spanish]

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Humans can only draw so many lessons from cats.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Those who don't especially like cats - or Istanbul, for that matter - might not get a lot out of Turkish director Ceyda Torun's love letter to the feline population of her native city. For everyone else, it should be an almost unadulterated pleasure.

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Ron Wilkinson
It's Just Movies

Istanbul and its wonderful warm, funny and loving relationship with free agent kitties.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
John C
Kedi shows how the cats of Istanbul bring out the humanity in people. Funny but a tad boring at times, Kedi was charming for this and all cat lover. (4-13-17)
Ian Walker
A fantastic documentary showing the life of street cats in Istanbul. Beautifully shot and with cats full of character, this is the best cat film so far and one… More