The Case of the Grinning Cat
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Critic's Pick! --Time Out
Further evidence of Chris Marker's exhilarating wit...an exceptional flight of conviction...the director s wisdom remains robust. --Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe
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The cat, an animal worshiped by Marker, is fiercely independent and "never on the side of power." He serves here as the backdrop for Marker's musings through the streets and the subway. The grinning cat appears over the rooftops of the city, in tunnels, on sidewalks, and finally in political protests. Real cats also punctuate the film, most notably "Bolero," a cat who resides in the metro station of Strasbourg St Denis.
One of the final scenes (mentioned by another reviewer) is a reference to a murder that captivated the French media's attention for months: the brutal murder of actress Marie Trintignant by her boyfriend Bertrand Cantat, a French rock singer. Marker speaks of the ways in which tragedy quickly turns into a form of merchandizing, perhaps one of the most telling signs of our times.
This is a film essay with an English narration. The narration is well translated and captures the appropriate tone. Some of the graphics in French and the shots of advertisements and signs might get lost on the viewers not familiar with the language but the film will still be highly accessible regardless.
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We are also presented with other animals who played an important historical part in out lives.
Leila the cat represents the only animal that adopted humans. Read more
The Case of the Grinning Cat by Chris Marker is shot in Paris on DV camera with narration in english and episodic french. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by L. Duriaud