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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Une Vie De Chat (aka A Cat In Paris) (2010)

A Parisian housecat leads a double life. During the day, he is the pet of a mute girl traumatized by the murder of her father. At night, he assists a burglar by casing homes and businesses for the burglar to rob. But when the cat gives the little girl a stolen bracelet as a gift, her mother (who is a police officer) asks her second in command to see if there is a connection between the stolen bracelet and a recent string of robberies. An Oscar nominee in 2011 for best animated film, this brief (it's barely over an hour) hand drawn film is a real delight. What a pleasure to see the beauty hand drawn animation can bring to a film as opposed to the Pixar computer animation. The story itself is slight and the film makers (Jean Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol) are wise not to drag it out and are content to let it play out in its own time. There's a nice Saul Bass like title sequence and a really excellent underscore by Serge Besset. The film is in French but there is an English language track skillfully spoken by Anjelica Huston, Marcia Gay Harden, Matthew Modine and Steve Blum.

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